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

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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.
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Jonathan, who People reports is a retired judge, echoed his future bride’s sentiments with a collage of his own. Megan Stein, Country Living, "'Law & Order' Star Elisabeth Röhm Is Engaged and Her Ring Is Unbelievable," 31 Jan. 2019 The capsule collection, done in collaboration with the Keith Haring Foundation, features the artist's trademark dancing figures in patchwork collages and prints. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Alice + Olivia Turned Keith Haring’s Iconic ‘80s Art Into a Wearable Collection," 7 Nov. 2018 For example, Della Wells has created a striking collage on one of the red jackets worn by representatives of City Year Milwaukee, AmeriCorps members who mentor students in local schools. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Northwestern Mutual honors local nonprofits through new art exhibit," 8 Feb. 2018 As noted by BuzzFeed, the Instagram account for SFX Atlas shared a collage depicting what a particular version of the creatures might have looked like. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Netflix's "Bird Box" Sculptor Reveals a Design for the Film's Unseen Monsters," 6 Jan. 2019 As an homage to Babenzien and his support, 6397 has hung a collage of postcards from its Noah pop-up at the back of the shop. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "6397’s First Store Embraces Community and a DIY Spirit," 6 Dec. 2018 Garner also posted a collage of images from the video on her Instagram Story, because one post was not enough to contain her excitement. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Jennifer Garner and Ariana Grande Just Gushed About the '13 Going on 30' Tribute in the "Thank U, Next" Video on Instagram," 1 Dec. 2018 Bey posted a collage of all the photos on her website. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Michelle Obama Hung Out with Beyonce’s Mom in the Front Row of Her Paris Concert," 16 July 2018 For his part, Riley reconstructs the do-anything pursuit of capitalism into a collage of racial horror. Jason Parham, WIRED, "Sorry to Bother You: A Dizzying Satire That Hungers for Truth," 7 July 2018

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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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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

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