Definition of bricolage in English:


Syllabification: bri·co·lage
Pronunciation: /ˌbrēkōˈläZH, ˌbrikə-

noun (plural same or bricolages)

  • 1(In art or literature) construction or creation from a diverse range of available things: the chaotic bricolage of the novel is brought together in a unifying gesture
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    • He has described the process of building it as one of bricolage, the French term for do-it-yourself.
    • Bricolage certainly jars and stirs the imagination, but is bricolage enough for reform?
    • They're photographic bricolage, re-interpreting neighbourhood texts in radical ways.
  • 1.1Something constructed or created from a diverse range of available things: bricolages of painted junk
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    • That confronted with the comparable images and ideas they could not create a comparable bricolage?
    • Is Heidegger's thought just a bricolage of ideas derived from others?
    • A community recalling its past generates a composite bricolage of folk histories.


mid 20th century: French, from bricoler 'do odd jobs, repair'.

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