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[kuh-lahzh, koh-] /kəˈlɑʒ, koʊ-/
a technique of composing a work of art by pasting on a single surface various materials not normally associated with one another, as newspaper clippings, parts of photographs, theater tickets, and fragments of an envelope.
a work of art produced by this technique.
Compare assemblage (def 3).
an assemblage or occurrence of diverse elements or fragments in unlikely or unexpected juxtaposition:
The experimental play is a collage of sudden scene shifts, long monologues, musical interludes, and slapstick.
a film that presents a series of seemingly unrelated scenes or images or shifts from one scene or image to another suddenly and without transition.
verb (used with object), collaged, collaging.
to make a collage of:
The artist has collaged old photos, cartoon figures, and telephone numbers into a unique work of art.
Origin of collage
1915-20; < French, equivalent to colle paste, glue (< Greek kólla) + -age -age
Related forms
collagist, noun Unabridged
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  • collage, as a technique, anticipates the generalized stage of sampling and compositing.

  • He held in horror this shameful half-marriage that the language of slang had baptized, as with a stain: collage.

  • The method of collage employed at the Abbey of Hautvillers is said to have preserved the wines from this evil.

    A History of Champagne Henry Vizetelly
  • The artistic technique of collage is based on a logic of choices beyond those of realistic representations.

  • The 143 collage system is also very prevalent in France among the working classes, and seems to answer well enough.

British Dictionary definitions for collage


/kəˈlɑːʒ; kɒ-; French kɔlaʒ/
an art form in which compositions are made out of pieces of paper, cloth, photographs, and other miscellaneous objects, juxtaposed and pasted on a dry ground
a composition made in this way
any work, such as a piece of music, created by combining unrelated styles
Derived Forms
collagist, noun
Word Origin
C20: French, from coller to stick, from colle glue, from Greek kolla
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for collage

1919, from French collage "a pasting," from Old French coller "to glue," from Greek kolla "glue." Earliest reference is in Wyndham Lewis.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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