Meaning of bricolage in English:


Pronunciation /ˌbrɪkə(ʊ)ˈlɑːʒ/

nounbricolage, bricolages

mass noun
  • 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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘With a compositional logic of bricolage, the building looks ‘tinny ‘compared to its neighbouring institutions.’’
    • ‘It seemed that the nineties brought mimicry and bricolage to new heights in pop music.’
    • ‘Similarly, bricolage requires a disciplined tossing out of rules and reinvention of old forms into new variations.’
    • ‘Where all of this bizarre bricolage leaves us is anyone's guess.’
    • ‘In terms of the folk tradition, it's called bricolage in French, and the Germans have the verb bastler.’
    • ‘We live in an era of the pragmatic and effective bricolage of objects and all sorts of media.’
    1. 1.1count noun Something constructed or created from a diverse range of things.
      ‘bricolages of painted junk’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘And in this bricolage, women's voices find their way to audiences that might otherwise never hear them.’
      • ‘The first clue is the spoken word bricolage that begins the album.’
      • ‘Certainly, there won't be any growing up in public if their charming sonic bricolage sneaks into the mainstream.’
      • ‘Sadly, the impatience of many has led them to attempt a bricolage of history.’