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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Circles, from 1952, and Edges, from 1962, were taken from a drawing and collage, respectively, and transformed into textiles. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Alexander Girard’s forgotten textile patterns find new life as rugs," 9 Nov. 2018 Instead, the film cuts to a worldwide collage, people around the globe celebrating America’s achievement as a triumph for all humanity. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "“First Man” Is a Film About Failure," 4 Oct. 2018 Since the late 80s, the man who releases prank calls as Longmont Potion Castle has created a DIY surrealist universe, complete with a ludicrous nomenclature all its own, disorienting sound collages, and bizarro instrumental interludes. Jamie Ludwig, Chicago Reader, "Stephanie Marlow of Indie Publicity on a brutal band with a soft spot for pitties," 10 July 2018 The royal mom of three shared an adorable photo collage, including baby Adrienne napping away in a cozy cream sweater, celebratory pink balloons, gorgeous pink roses and the royal princess’s tiny feet wrapped up in a soft pink blanket. Erin Hill,, "Princess Madeleine Is Every Mom Sharing Photo Collage of Her Newborn: 'One Week Old Today!'," 16 Mar. 2018 For a master class in colliding charming aesthetics and slightly more acerbic content, look at the collage artist Anne Taintor, who has been mashing up 1950s advertising imagery with witty phrases of her own invention since the mid-1980s. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "We buy each other gifts with misanthropic slogans to forge a common bond," 9 Nov. 2018 The view from there is a collage of apartment buildings. Catherine Porter, New York Times, "1 Neighborhood. 24 Kindergarten Classes. 40 Languages. (Some Miming Helps.)," 29 June 2018 The artist is known for employing drawing, collage and mixed media works in room-sized installations that explore personal and family histories. Carolina A. Miranda,, "Datebook: Shots of old Route 66, dreamlike paintings and garments fashioned from paper," 12 July 2018 Along with pictures of the devices and chemicals found Thursday, Weintraub showed photos of collages and drawings created by Surman. Fox News, "Owner of chemical sales firm arrested in explosions probe," 28 June 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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