[ kuh-lahzh, koh- ]
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  1. 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.

  2. a work of art produced by this technique.: Compare assemblage (def. 3).

  1. 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.

  2. 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),col·laged, col·lag·ing.
  1. 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

Other words from collage

  • col·lag·ist, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for collage


/ (kəˈlɑːʒ, kɒ-, French kɔlaʒ) /

  1. 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

  2. a composition made in this way

  1. any work, such as a piece of music, created by combining unrelated styles

Origin of collage

C20: French, from coller to stick, from colle glue, from Greek kolla

Derived forms of collage

  • collagist, noun

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