col·lage | \ kə-ˈläzh , 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

Keep scrolling for more

Other words from collage

collage transitive verb
collagist \kə-ˈlä-zhist, 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.
See More

Recent Examples on the Web

Its Instagram account is an inspiring collage of travel imagery, doodles and art, quotes and travel advice, and profiles of women who are scratching that travel itch. Jill Sanford, Outside Online, "9 Travel Accounts You Should Follow on Instagram," 1 July 2018 In the lobby is a collage of pictures of the great and good of the party, which had run the country for 60 years before losing an election last month. The Economist, "Malaysia’s ruling party may be gone, but its racial policies survive," 7 June 2018 The brand’s clothes are not easily defined but are a collage of design elements from grunge, workwear and prep. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "Supreme May be the Hottest Clothing Brand in America. Should You Care?," 6 June 2018 That's not to say every week needs to be one long collage of par-breakers. Daniel Rapaport,, "FORE Questions: Young Americans Are Dominating Professional Golf," 28 May 2018 With MacKay’s dreamy cut-paper collage art featuring two siblings exploring outdoors, the old-fashioned approach to weather is oddly reassuring. 40 pp. Maria Russo, New York Times, "Enchanting New Picture Books," 11 May 2018 Her work debuted in art bars and cafes around town, and Java Beach Cafe bought a series of nine small collage pieces about houses and businesses in the Sunset. Sam Whiting,, "Artist’s life: Emily Fromm, painter of urban landscapes," 28 June 2018 Brown documented a week’s worth of killer looks and front-row fun for Vogue, capturing each moment on a vintage film camera and utilizing a unique collage format. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Quincy Brown, Son of Diddy, Took Paris Men's Fashion Week by Storm," 28 June 2018 Their most obvious precedent is the collage work of Romare Bearden, who documented African American life in the 1960s in dynamic compositions that channeled the energy of music. Sharon Mizota,, "Deborah Roberts' powerful statement of black female identity," 29 May 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'collage.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about collage

Statistics for collage

Last Updated

16 Sep 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for collage

The first known use of collage was in 1919

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for collage



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 \

Kids Definition of collage

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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on collage

What made you want to look up collage? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


alleviating pain or harshness

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Musical Words Quiz

  • gramophone
  • Which word describes a musical performance marked by the absence of instrumental accompaniment?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!