[ pa-steel, -stil ]
/ pæˈstil, -ˈstɪl /


a flavored or medicated lozenge; troche.
a roll or cone of paste containing aromatic substances, burned as a disinfectant or deodorant.
pastel for crayons.
a crayon made of pastel.
Also pas·til [pas-til] /ˈpæs tɪl/.

Origin of pastille

1610–20; < French < Spanish pastilla; akin to Latin pastillus lump of meal, lozenge, akin to pānis bread Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for pastil

  • Her ladyship rose, and taking a stick of Eastern pastil from a majolica dish in a corner made Nino light it from a wax taper.

    A Roman Singer|F. Marion Crawford
  • After well beating in a mortar, the pastils are formed in shape with a pastil mould, and gradually dried.

    The Art of Perfumery|G. W. Septimus Piesse

British Dictionary definitions for pastil



/ (ˈpæstɪl) /


a small flavoured or medicated lozenge for chewing
an aromatic substance burnt to fumigate the air
med a small coated paper disc formerly used to estimate the dose or intensity of radiation (esp of X-rays): it changes colour when exposed
a variant of pastel (def. 1)

Word Origin for pastille

C17: via French from Latin pastillus small loaf, from pānis bread
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medicine definitions for pastil



A small medicated or flavored tablet; a troche.
A tablet containing aromatic substances that is burned to fumigate or deodorize the air.
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