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 collagist (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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Link in bio His collage of photos highlights the scenic property, which is located in Crawford, Texas, about a thirty minute drive from Chip and Joanna’s home of Waco. Megan Stein, Country Living, "You Can Rent This 'Fixer Upper' Producer's Farmhouse Designed by Chip and Joanna Gaines," 30 Dec. 2018 One big difference from years past: Users must now enter their email addresses, and—instead of waiting for your Top Nine pics to load—the company will send you your collage ASAP. Jennifer Lance, Glamour, "How to Generate Your 'Top Nine' Instagram Posts for 2018," 9 Dec. 2018 The Prevalence of Ritual—became the guiding principle of his collages. Paul Devlin, WSJ, "‘An American Odyssey’ Review: Picturing the Blues," 30 Aug. 2018 Biel, who turned 37 on Sunday, was the subject of a collage post which the singer shared with his 54 million followers. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Justin Timberlake Posted the Most Romantic Tribute to Wife Jessica Biel," 4 Mar. 2019 The photo shows a collage of 4D ultrasound images pinned to a cork board. Christina Oehler, Woman's Day, "Couple Gets 4D Ultrasound of Their Baby, Find Something Unsettling In Image," 7 Aug. 2015 Her Manhattan apartment is a collage of pinks, blues, butter yellows, purples, even chartreuse—super-saturated tones that leap from the walls and furnishings. Amanda Sims, House Beautiful, "11 Truly Surprising Ways to Use Color," 11 Mar. 2019 Longtime friends will love it, your siblings will get a kick out of a sweet throwback picture collage, and your mom may or may not cry. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "Minted's Heart Snapshot Mix Photo Art Is THE Perfect Gift for Your Nearest and Dearest," 5 Mar. 2019 The child picked out the last outfit her mother would wear, and made a collage of photos to display. Aubrey Whelan,, "She was just out of rehab. She was excited about the future. Three hours later, she was dead.," 25 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 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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