col·​lage kə-ˈläzh How to pronounce collage (audio)
: 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
: a creative work that resembles such a composition in incorporating various materials or elements
the album is a collage of several musical styles
: the art of making collages
an artist known for her use of collage
: hodgepodge
a collage of ideas
: a work (such as a film) having disparate scenes in rapid succession without transitions
collage transitive verb
kə-ˈlä-zhist How to pronounce collage (audio)

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 on the Web The group’s anarchic music was like one of those cartoon fight clouds, with punk, post-punk, industrial, goth, psychedelia, college rock, and collage rock duking it out with old EC Comics, MAD magazines, and the Lone Star proclivity toward general orneriness. Stephen Deusner, SPIN, 26 Mar. 2024 Most of his dramatic features are put together from disparate pieces—not merely, like most films, scenes held together by plot but collages of sequences touching on many stories and subjects and held together not by the power of ideas. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 20 Mar. 2024 The film uses a collage of 2D animation and family archives to tell the story of a girl who for 15 years suffered abuse at the hands of a priest who was jailed and subsequently set free. Christopher Vourlias, Variety, 14 Mar. 2024 Her story also included a boomerang of her anniversary flowers and balloon arrangement, as well as a collage of pictures from their wedding. Kathleen Walsh, Glamour, 13 Mar. 2024 Barbie: The World Tour will also include rare images from Mattel’s archives, designer sketches, Polaroid photos and more from Barbie’s whimsical world, all presented in collages by art director Fabien Baron. Danielle Directo-Meston, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 Mar. 2024 People would visit, and this symbol of the bride’s social circle would prompt conversation, then after the wedding the collage would be taken down and the photographs returned. Thomas Page, CNN, 1 Mar. 2024 Cut or tear ½-inch to ¾-inch strips of scrapbook paper, ribbon, or any collage material. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 26 Feb. 2024 In 2019, Lauryn posted a photo collage on Instagram in celebration of Joshua’s birthday. Julie Tremaine, Peoplemag, 17 Feb. 2024

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Word History


French, literally, gluing, from coller to glue, from colle glue, from Vulgar Latin *colla, from Greek kolla

First Known Use

1919, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of collage was in 1919

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“Collage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


col·​lage kə-ˈläzh How to pronounce collage (audio)
: a work of art made by gluing pieces of different materials to a flat surface

from French collage "gluing," from coller "to glue"

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