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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The pieces — all of which will be on sale for less than $500 — are small (no larger than 14 inches in any dimension) works, vary in media, and include silver point, pencil and charcoal drawings, oil paintings, sculptures, and collages. Aubri Juhasz, The Cut, "This Art Show Explores Motherhood, Supports Immigrant Families," 6 July 2018 Market/Frankford El by Leroy Johnson is a lively combined painting and photo collage of a piece of aging infrastructure. Thomas Hine,, "Philly artists' big, urgent show at Woodmere looks out from the rowhouse to the world," 21 June 2018 In addition to the Blue Velvet collages, Simons added patches with text reading nomophobic, xanthophobic, heroes, losers, burning down the house, Antwerp since 1995, and history of my world. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Laura Dern Was on the Clothing—And in the Front Row—at Raf Simons," 17 Jan. 2019 After several days in New York with her mother last week, Princess Madeleine of Sweden shared the most adorable collage of mother-daughter photos with her mother, Queen Siliva, and her youngest daughter, Adrienne, on Instagram last night. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Princess Madeleine of Sweden Just Shared the Sweetest Mother-Daughter Moment on Instagram," 8 Oct. 2018 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

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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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