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

Keep scrolling for more

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.
See More
Recent Examples on the Web Katherine Schwarzenegger paid tribute to husband Chris Pratt on Instagram Sunday, posting a long message alongside a collage photo of the duo. Danielle Garrand, CBS News, "From Barack Obama to Kanye West — here's how famous dads are being honored on Father's Day," 21 June 2020 The collage did not clearly delineate between these images, and has since been replaced. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "Fox News says doctored photos were 'errors.' But they were fake news, plain and simple," 15 June 2020 The collage appeared in several art shows, what was the reaction from viewers? Jeff Forward, Houston Chronicle, "Villager Q&A: Magnolia artist Lois Spurlock discusses race, art," 12 June 2020 The collage Berry shared was created by photographer/videographer Jamar Stephen. cleveland, "Halle Berry promotes #SayTheirNames with image of George Floyd, Tamir Rice," 8 June 2020 The magazine’s secondary cover recognizes 100 years of UIL football with a collage of former players, including Highland Park’s Ed Bernet (1950) and Ennis’ Graham Harrell (2003). Callie Caplan, Dallas News, "SMU QB Shane Buechele leads Dallas-area representation on 2020 Dave Campbell’s Texas Football covers," 1 June 2020 Del Rio then sent the files to Haser in East Sussex, UK, who printed the portraits in her studio and wove pieces of the images together to make a collage that would preserve the coders' anonymity. Lydia Horne, Wired, "Coders Who Survived Human Trafficking Rewrite Their Identities," 21 Apr. 2020 One person in Waukesha asked the family for photos, then made a collage featuring Leo and the girls. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Despite a fire destroying their home, a Lisbon family has managed to see 'the good in the world'," 21 Jan. 2020 They are used to mark up an agenda or serve as a venue for a book report or photo collage. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "Four tips for more professional looking – and better sounding – video calls," 18 May 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'collage.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about collage

Time Traveler for collage

Time Traveler

The first known use of collage was in 1919

See more words from the same year

Statistics for collage

Last Updated

29 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Collage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for collage


How to pronounce collage (audio)

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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on collage

What made you want to look up collage? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

A More Exception(al) Quiz

  • hot dog  hot dog  hot dog  hot dog cat
  • Which of the following words is not a synonym for ‘a young person’?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!