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 collageb : 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
collagistplay \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.
Recent Examples of collage from the Web
Any mixed dance concert becomes a collage assembled by a company’s artistic director.
Prospect.4 will include works by 73 artists from across the globe, including collages by jazz legend Louis Armstrong and works by Yoko Ono, in 17 locations around New Orleans.
Mr. Antonoff borrows liberally from his touchstones, dipping into different decades — from the Zombies to Electric Light Orchestra to Fine Young Cannibals — for a collage of parts that sound, by design, straight out of a John Hughes film.
A rainbow collage of fiber-optic cables covers the walls, while a soprano sings a soothing Gregorian-style melody.
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Origin and Etymology of collage
French, literally, gluing, from coller to glue, from colle glue, from Vulgar Latin *colla, from Greek kolla
First Known Use: 1919See Words from the same year
COLLAGE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of collage for English Language Learners
: 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
COLLAGE Defined for Kids
Definition of collage for Students
: a work of art made by gluing pieces of different materials to a flat surface
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