col·​lage | \ kə-ˈläzh How to pronounce collage (audio) , kȯ-, kō- \

Definition of collage

1a : an artistic composition made of various materials (such as paper, cloth, or wood) glued on a surface cut pictures from magazines to make a collage
b : a creative work that resembles such a composition in incorporating various materials or elements the album is a collage of several musical styles
2 : the art of making collages an artist known for her use of collage
3 : hodgepodge a collage of ideas
4 : a work (such as a film) having disparate scenes in rapid succession without transitions

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Other Words from collage

collage transitive verb
collagist \ kə-​ˈlä-​zhist How to pronounce collagist (audio) , kȯ-​ , kō-​ \ noun

Examples of collage in a Sentence

We made collages in art class. an artist known for her use of collage The album is a collage of several musical styles.
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Recent Examples on the Web So, drawing, painting, collage, fiber work, dance, music, songwriting, poetry, video ... please don't be limited by my limited imagination here. The Washington Post, "Carolyn Hax Live: 'Even the dog'," 31 July 2020 Three Gems’ logo is reminiscent of a Matisse collage; the hands holding their products sport glittery nails. Mackenzie Fegan, Bon Appétit, "The Asian-American Tea Brands Creating a More Transparent Industry," 9 July 2020 The photo collage that accompanies the post shows a man posing with multiple dead animals – including a shark, bear, rhino and elephants – with text reiterating the post’s claim. Ella Lee, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Jimmy John's founder did hunt big game, but is no longer sandwich shop's owner," 9 July 2020 After dropping a row of images teasing the front end of the 2021 Ford Bronco, the automaker decided to once again put together a collage of images on its official Ford Bronco Instagram account. Roberto Baldwin, Car and Driver, "Glimpse 2021 Ford Bronco's Rear End on This Instagram Teaser," 2 July 2020 On the inside, every wall, every ceiling, every door, every walkway has been turned into a collage of Black Americans made out of hundreds of thousands of magazine and newspaper photos and clips. Willie Brown,, "Willie Brown: It’s Trump vs. Trump, and Trump is losing," 27 June 2020 The award-winning actress and producer debuted her latest hair transformation on Instagram with a dramatic before-and-after collage. Megan Decker,, "Salma Hayek’s New Sun-Kissed Highlights Are Summer Hair Goals," 18 June 2020 Katherine Schwarzenegger paid tribute to husband Chris Pratt on Instagram Sunday, posting a long message alongside a collage photo of the duo. Danielle Garrand, CBS News, "From Barack Obama to Kanye West — here's how famous dads are being honored on Father's Day," 21 June 2020 The collage did not clearly delineate between these images, and has since been replaced. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "Fox News says doctored photos were 'errors.' But they were fake news, plain and simple," 15 June 2020

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First Known Use of collage

1919, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for collage

French, literally, gluing, from coller to glue, from colle glue, from Vulgar Latin *colla, from Greek kolla

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The first known use of collage was in 1919

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4 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Collage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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How to pronounce collage (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of collage

: a work of art that is made by attaching pieces of different materials (such as paper, cloth, or wood) to a flat surface
: the art or method of making collages
: a collection of different things


col·​lage | \ kə-ˈläzh How to pronounce collage (audio) \

Kids Definition of collage

: a work of art made by gluing pieces of different materials to a flat surface

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