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

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: Noun For example, if the copyright expires, a YouTube creator would be able to use the 1928 Mickey Mouse in their own animated video montage, without repercussions. Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times, 11 May 2022 The movie stacks one montage after another, alternating between obvious and unexpected jokes along the way, to compress the kind of physical training that would normally take a decade or more. Peter Debruge, Variety, 6 May 2022 An emotional montage shows glimpses of Alisha and her partner starting a family together, at one point greeting each other with a kiss on the lips. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, 27 Apr. 2022 The six-minute montage features unverified audio clips of the local population criticising inadequate food supplies and complaining about medical conditions. James Freeman, WSJ, 27 Apr. 2022 Talbot continued, adding that due to the weather and other challenges, the three-minute montage scene took months to perfect. Joelle Goldstein,, 15 Mar. 2022 The opening montage would most likely consist of a high-speed pursuit through the city, with helicopters circling overhead, similar to the scene set on the day of the Louis Vuitton City of Stars presentation launch. ELLE, 22 Apr. 2022 TikTok’s visual platform — the montage of images strung together — is perfectly equipped to deal with the affects and feelings of a vibe, favoring aesthetics over narrative. Longreads, 19 Apr. 2022 The images will last in perpetuity as part of the annual montage of unforgettable NCAA Tournament moments. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, 28 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 See More

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

First Known Use of montage


1929, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1944, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for montage


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

Buying Guide

Our Reviews team has selected the best streaming services.

Learn More About montage

Time Traveler for montage

Time Traveler

The first known use of montage was in 1929

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near montage




See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for montage

Last Updated

14 May 2022

Cite this Entry

“Montage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on montage

Nglish: Translation of montage for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of montage for Arabic Speakers Encyclopedia article about montage


Test Your Vocabulary

Name That Food

  • a-light
  • Name these cookies!
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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