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[pa-steesh, pah-] /pæˈstiʃ, pɑ-/
a literary, musical, or artistic piece consisting wholly or chiefly of motifs or techniques borrowed from one or more sources.
an incongruous combination of materials, forms, motifs, etc., taken from different sources; hodgepodge.
Origin of pastiche
1700-10; < French < Italian pasticcio pasticcio Unabridged
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Examples from the web for pastiche
  • The memos are generally an impressionistic pastiche of ideas, observations and links to outside sources.
  • pastiche is not a judgmental word but a description of the musical.
  • It continues with our heads bent over a disorganized pastiche of nonstandard sentences set in one enormous paragraph.
  • Appearing in a pastiche of one of your earlier films is never a wise move.
  • It's a pastiche world, lovingly glued together from bits and pieces of remembered stories.
  • Some designers are good at doing a modern-looking pastiche or tear-sheeting ideas from magazines and updating them.
  • It's a piece-meal pastiche of brilliantly edited mythology, which served its purpose well.
  • His voting record is a pastiche that offers ammunition for both parties.
  • One knows at once who is the object of this pastiche.
  • Down in the caverns, the experience becomes a full-bore cinematic pastiche.
British Dictionary definitions for pastiche


a work of art that mixes styles, materials, etc
a work of art that imitates the style of another artist or period
Word Origin
C19: French pastiche, Italian pasticcio, literally: piecrust (hence, something blended), from Late Latin pastapaste1
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Word Origin and History for pastiche

"a medley made up of fragments from different works," 1878, from French pastiche (18c.), from Italian pasticcio "medley, pastry cake," from Vulgar Latin *pasticium "composed of paste," from Late Latin pasta "paste, pastry cake" (see pasta). Borrowed earlier (1752) in the Italian form.

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