[ 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), col·laged, col·lag·ing.

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

col·lag·ist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for collaged


/ (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 for collage

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