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 collage (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 Kelly is going to put all the pics in something of a collage and frame them. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 22 July 2021 In March, an NFT of a digital collage by the American artist Beeple fetched $69.3 million at Christie's, in the first sale by a major auction house of an artwork which does not physically exist. NBC News, 30 June 2021 These were the waning years of Abstract Expressionism, and collage was gaining favor in the art world. New York Times, 23 Mar. 2021 About the same time, collage became a way to use preexisting materials that carried traces of earlier meanings. Washington Post, 5 Mar. 2021 Ocasio-Cortez adds over a pinboard-like collage of responses. Alexandra Lange, Los Angeles Times, 6 July 2021 Moreover, for all the violin’s innocent posturing, the instrument is an embalming in plain sight, a collage of animal remains often obtained through slaughter. Jennifer Gerste, The New Yorker, 2 July 2021 Flach posted a collage of pictures of herself at the trials, as well as a shot of her bare baby bump. Georgia Slater,, 29 June 2021 One painting has gold leaf on the top layer, while another features a collage of blue fish. Patrick Connolly,, 19 June 2021

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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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24 Jul 2021

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“Collage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jul. 2021.

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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 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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