- 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.
- juxtaposition or partial superimposition of several shots to form a single image.
- 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.
- to make or incorporate into a montage.
Origin of montage
Related Words for montagepatchwork, plaid, variegation, motley, tessellation, montage, checker, array, assortment, choice, collection, combination, conglomerate, diversity, hodgepodge, jumble, medley, miscellany, mishmash, mixture
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Contemporary Examples of montage
BuzzFeed provided the “definitive ranking” of its favorite characters in the montage.There Are More 'Too Many Cooks' Where That First Fever Dream Came From
November 11, 2014
A mixtape dubbed “Montage of Heck” has surfaced on the site Live Nirvana!Kurt Cobain’s Moody 1988 Mixtape: A Wormhole into the Strange Mind of a Rock Legend
November 3, 2014
The sex scene between April and Mr. B. is a montage of discreet close-ups.The Next Great Coppola
May 7, 2014
Montage after stunning montage depicting everything from the story of Adam and Eve to the creation of the universe.‘Noah’ is a Global Warming Epic About the Battle Between Religion and Science, Says Cinematographer
March 27, 2014
Jim Carrey cracked an LSD joke while teeing up a montage of animated films.Surprise! Ellen DeGeneres is the Best Oscars Host in a Decade
March 3, 2014
Historical Examples of montage
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.Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete
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
- 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 for montage
1929, from French montage "a mounting," from Old French monter "to go up, mount" (see mount (v.)). Originally a term in cinematography.
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.