mon·​tage | \ män-ˈtäzh How to pronounce montage (audio) , mōⁿ(n)-\

Definition of montage

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the production of a rapid succession of images in a motion picture to illustrate an association of ideas
2a : a literary, musical, or artistic composite (see composite entry 2 sense 1) of juxtaposed more or less heterogeneous elements
b : a composite picture made by combining several separate pictures
3 : a heterogeneous mixture : jumble a montage of emotions a montage of sounds


montaged; montaging

Definition of montage (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to combine into or depict in a montage

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Examples of montage in a Sentence


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: Noun

In the scene, Veronica, Cheryl, and Josie lead the Vixens in the musical number that takes place in the middle of a montage of sweaty football players... well, playing football. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, "That "Riverdale" Performance of "Jailhouse Rock" Is Eerily Like This "Pretty Little Liars" Scene," 18 Oct. 2018 That said, the montage of Colton and Cassie in their post-Spain relationship was unexpectedly sweet. Jenny Hollander, Marie Claire, "Memes About Cassie Randolph on 'The Bachelor' Season Finale Are Lighting Up Twitter," 13 Mar. 2019 But the montage, though endlessly entertaining, isn’t what holds the episode together. Karen Han, Vox, "Better Call Saul returns to Breaking Bad — with astonishing results," 9 Sep. 2018 Another army video montage showed protesters hurling stones and firebombs and rolling burning tires at the fence, apparently in an effort to set it on fire. Isabel Kershner, New York Times, "After Gaza Clash, Israel and Palestinians Fight With Videos and Words," 1 Apr. 2018 Sinclair, which owns or operates nearly 200 television stations across the U.S., recently came under intense criticism when a video montage of broadcasters at its stations reading the same script was posted by Deadspin. Patrick Shanley, The Hollywood Reporter, "Sinclair Commentator Resigns Over Tweet Threatening to Assault Parkland Teen," 10 Apr. 2018 Navy moves through several summertime montages: clips of children playing in the sun and people sitting by the pool, for example. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "A$AP Rocky Takes His Babushka Obsession on a Woozy Acid Trip for His New Video," 6 Feb. 2019 Also, just to revisit the music montage and the American-Russian-ness of it all with McDonalds: While U2 is an Irish band, the music is rock and roll, an American idiom. Tim Goodman, The Hollywood Reporter, "Critics' Conversation: Tim Goodman and Daniel Fienberg on "Powerful" 'Americans' Series Finale," 31 May 2018 And then a tribute for the 60th anniversary of the Giants arrival in San Francisco, with a quick video montage and introductions for some important alumni who were on hand. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, "Giants players and fans had that Opening Day glow. Then the first pitch was thrown.," 3 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The residences will be similar to Montage Residences. Orange County Register, "Montage International debuts Pendry hotel brand with more on the way," 20 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of montage


1929, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1944, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for montage


French, from monter to mount

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The first known use of montage was in 1929

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English Language Learners Definition of montage

: a work of art that is made up of several different kinds of things (such as strips of newspaper, pictures, or pieces of wood)
: a mixture of different things

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