noun, plural mon·tag·es [mon-tah-zhiz; French mawntazh] /mɒnˈtɑ ʒɪz; French mɔ̃ˈtaʒ/.

  1. 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).
  2. photomontage.
  3. 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.
  4. any combination of disparate elements that forms or is felt to form a unified whole, single image, etc.

verb (used with object), mon·taged [mon-tahzhd] /mɒn tɑʒd/, mon·tag·ing [mon-tah-zhing] /mɒnˈtɑ ʒɪŋ/.

  1. to make or incorporate into a montage.


  1. the art or process of composing pictures by the superimposition or juxtaposition of miscellaneous elements, such as other pictures or photographs
  2. such a composition
  3. a method of film editing involving the juxtaposition or partial superimposition of several shots to form a single image
  4. a rapidly cut film sequence of this kind

n.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.

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