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[mon-tahzh; French mawn-tazh] /mɒnˈtɑʒ; French mɔ̃ˈtaʒ/
noun, plural montages
[mon-tah-zhiz; French mawn-tazh] /mɒnˈtɑ ʒɪz; French mɔ̃ˈtaʒ/ (Show IPA)
the technique of combining in a single composition pictorial elements from various sources, as parts of different photographs or fragments of printing, either to give the illusion that the elements belonged together originally or to allow each element to retain its separate identity as a means of adding interest or meaning to the composition.
Compare collage (def 1).
Movies, Television.
  1. juxtaposition or partial superimposition of several shots to form a single image.
  2. a technique of film editing in which this is used to present an idea or set of interconnected ideas.
any combination of disparate elements that forms or is felt to form a unified whole, single image, etc.
verb (used with object), montaged
[mon-tahzhd] /mɒn tɑʒd/ (Show IPA),
[mon-tah-zhing] /mɒnˈtɑ ʒɪŋ/ (Show IPA)
to make or incorporate into a montage.
Origin of montage
1920-25; < French, equivalent to mont(er) to mount1 + -age -age Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for montage
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  • Consciousness came back in little dribbles like a montage—half reality and half nightmare of the insomniac.

    A Woman's Place Mark Irvin Clifton
  • At all events he owed his success in life primarily to montage, to whom he appears to have acted as a sort of agent.

  • There were newsreel shots of V-1 and V-2 being blasted from their takeoff ramps and a montage of later experimental models.

    The Old Die Rich Horace Leonard Gold
British Dictionary definitions for montage


/mɒnˈtɑːʒ; French mɔ̃taʒ/
the art or process of composing pictures by the superimposition or juxtaposition of miscellaneous elements, such as other pictures or photographs
such a composition
a method of film editing involving the juxtaposition or partial superimposition of several shots to form a single image
a rapidly cut film sequence of this kind
Word Origin
C20: from French, from monter to mount1
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Word Origin and History for montage

1929, from French montage "a mounting," from Old French monter "to go up, mount" (see mount (v.)). Originally a term in cinematography.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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montage in Culture
montage [(mon-tahzh, mohn-tahzh)]

In art, making one composition by combining parts or the whole of other pictures, objects, or designs. In film, a stylized form of editing that provides a great deal of information in a short time. For example, the passing of years may be rendered by mixing shots of different seasons with shots of calendar pages turning.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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