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[bree-kuh-lahzh, brik-uh-] /ˌbri kəˈlɑʒ, ˌbrɪk ə-/
noun, plural bricolages [bree-kuh-lah-zhiz, ‐lahzh] /ˌbri kəˈlɑ ʒɪz, ‐ˈlɑʒ/ (Show IPA), bricolage.
a construction made of whatever materials are at hand; something created from a variety of available things.
(in literature) a piece created from diverse resources.
(in art) a piece of makeshift handiwork.
the use of multiple, diverse research methods.
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Examples for bricolage
  • Truly educated people are a bricolage of character strengths of the head and of the heart.
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/ˈbrɪkəˌlɑːʒ; French brɪkɔlaʒ/
noun (architect)
the jumbled effect produced by the close proximity of buildings from different periods and in different architectural styles
the deliberate creation of such an effect in certain modern developments the post-modernist bricolage of the new shopping centre
Word Origin
French: odd jobs, do-it-yourself
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