pastiche

[pa-steesh, pah-]

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. pasteurization,
  2. pasteurize,
  3. pasteurized,
  4. pasteurizer,
  5. pasticcio,
  6. pasticheur,
  7. pasticheuse,
  8. pasties,
  9. pastiglia,
  10. pastille

Origin of pastiche

1700–10; < French < Italian pasticcio pasticcio

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British Dictionary definitions for pastiche

pastiche

pasticcio (pæˈstɪtʃəʊ)

noun

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

pastiche

n.

"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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