from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An artistic composition of materials and objects pasted over a surface, often with unifying lines and color.
  • n. A work, such as a literary piece, composed of both borrowed and original material.
  • n. The art of creating such compositions.
  • n. An assemblage of diverse elements: a collage of conflicting memories.
  • transitive v. To paste (diverse materials) over a surface, thereby creating an artistic product.
  • intransitive v. To create such an artistic product.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A picture made by sticking other pictures onto a surface.
  • n. A composite object or collection (abstract or concrete) created by the assemblage of various media; especially for a work of art such as text, film, etc..
  • n. The technique of producing such a work of art that is a collage.
  • v. To make into a collage.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. any picture made by sticking together pieces of paper or photographs, especially in unusual or surprising ways.
  • n. the technique of producing a work of art that is a collage{1}.
  • n. any composite object, whether abstract or concrete, created by assembling components of varied types.
  • n. a film having scenes of different types or from different locations displayed in rapid succession without transitions.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The process of clearing wine by means of isinglass or gelatin.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a paste-up made by sticking together pieces of paper or photographs to form an artistic image
  • n. any collection of diverse things


French, from coller, to glue, from colle, glue, from Vulgar Latin *colla, from Greek kolla.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowing from French collage (Wiktionary)



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  • definition: an assembly of diverse fragments
    see montage

    January 2, 2007