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[pa-steel, -stil]
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  1. a flavored or medicated lozenge; troche.
  2. a roll or cone of paste containing aromatic substances, burned as a disinfectant or deodorant.
  3. pastel for crayons.
  4. a crayon made of pastel.
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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
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Historical Examples

  • Those mosquitoes have paid you out for that pastille—by Jove, they have!

    The Travelling Companions

    F. Anstey

  • Perhaps he exhales a delicate scent, as he chews a pastille.

  • A pastille (lozenge) is a disc-shaped sweetmeat, but a pastel (crayon) is a pencil made of coloured chalk.

  • There was, even on the little stone staircase, a faint odour of pastille or scent spray, or something of feminine suggestion.

    From One Generation to Another

    Henry Seton Merriman

  • But upon Oswald De Gex, who was still munching his pastille, the odour apparently had no effect.

British Dictionary definitions for pastille



  1. a small flavoured or medicated lozenge for chewing
  2. an aromatic substance burnt to fumigate the air
  3. 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
  4. a variant of pastel (def. 1)
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Word Origin

C17: via French from Latin pastillus small loaf, from pānis bread
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pastille in Medicine


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