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mon·​tage män-ˈtäzh How to pronounce montage (audio)
: the production of a rapid succession of images in a motion picture to illustrate an association of ideas
: a literary, musical, or artistic composite (see composite entry 2 sense 1) of juxtaposed more or less heterogeneous elements
: a composite picture made by combining several separate pictures
: a heterogeneous mixture : jumble
a montage of emotions
a montage of sounds


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montaged; montaging

transitive verb

: to combine into or depict in a montage

Examples of montage in a Sentence

Noun a photographer who often uses montage in her pictures my memories of the childhood trip are a montage of the sights, smells, and sounds of India
Recent Examples on the Web
On Wednesday, April 3, the Hairspray star posted a sweet video montage of Ella decorating her birthday cake on her special day. Escher Walcott, Peoplemag, 13 Apr. 2024 Those clips, unlike the one that showed Moreno, remained in the version of the montage that was shown before the next two games. Chuck Schilken, Los Angeles Times, 8 Apr. 2024 Like Andrew himself, once the interview is over, Thirsk thinks everything has gone smoothly, that is until the avalanche of mockery from social media breaks once the interview is broadcast, revealed in a triumphalist montage. Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 Apr. 2024 Though plenty of violent and action-packed sequences are sprinkled throughout the series, the musical selections and montages used to portray Gray’s memories and inner psyche strip these scenes of intensity. Aramide Tinubu, Variety, 31 Mar. 2024 But there is a sequence within the scene that serves, to me, as a thesis both for fandom and for its inevitable heartbreak: a montage showing Sunderland players collapsed on the pitch while confetti falls around them. Hanif Abdurraqib, The New Yorker, 24 Mar. 2024 Stewart said, trailing off before the show cut to a montage of O'Leary decimating Shark Tank contestants — who appear on the ABC show seeking investments for their inventions — for over-valuing their endeavors., 26 Mar. 2024 But the trailer gives voice to that side in the montage surrounding the monologue — a chilling cacophony of shootouts, fires, knife fights, beat downs, explosions, car crashes, and screams. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 22 Mar. 2024 The clip showed the couple riding around their property together, and Stefani gardening in a black hat. Shelton, 54, was seen clipping branches of purple flowers and proudly holding out a bunch of yellow flowers (presumably to his wife) in a cute photo in the montage. Esme Mazzeo, Peoplemag, 16 Mar. 2024
Among them were a video montaging victims of state violence that placed Anne Frank alongside the Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh. Jazz Monroe, Pitchfork, 31 Jan. 2024 From that welcome jolt, the relationship jumps to an awkward morning after and then a getting-to-know-you montage, complete with walks on the beach. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 Dec. 2022 The first two episodes, on COVID-19 and the Trump Presidency, ricochet from story to montage to interview to speculation. The New Yorker, 6 Sep. 2021 The residences will be similar to Montage Residences. Orange County Register, 20 Mar. 2017

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Word History



borrowed from French, "act of rising, act of moving things to a higher place, assembly of a mechanism from its components, editing of film shots to make a coherent whole," from monter "to climb, get up onto (a horse), move to a higher place, assemble from component parts, assemble (film shots) into a coherent whole" (going back to Old French, "to climb, get up onto a horse, set up") + -age — more at mount entry 2


derivative of montage entry 1

First Known Use


1929, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1944, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of montage was in 1929

Dictionary Entries Near montage

Cite this Entry

“Montage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: an artistic composition made up of several different kinds of items (as strips of newspaper, pictures, bits of wood) arranged together
: a rapid succession of distinct scenes or images in a motion picture to illustrate associated ideas

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