[pa-steesh, pah-]


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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for pastiche

Contemporary Examples of pastiche

Historical Examples of pastiche

  • It is an interesting study to divide the pastiche from the real.

  • If it bear the distinct marks of being a Neo-platonic pastiche, we may reject it without hesitation.

  • Epstein is in every respect superior to the Serbian sculptor, in whose work there can be no question of anything but pastiche.


    Clive Bell

  • I believe that no more perfect example of pastiche exists in the language.

    Flemish Legends

    Charles de Coster

  • This poem is written as a folk-story, in the style of the Byliny, and it in no way resembles a pastiche.

British Dictionary definitions for pastiche


pasticcio (pæˈstɪtʃəʊ)


a work of art that mixes styles, materials, etc
a work of art that imitates the style of another artist or period

Word Origin for pastiche

C19: French pastiche, Italian pasticcio, literally: piecrust (hence, something blended), from Late Latin pasta paste 1
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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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