[paw-steesh, po-]


superadded, especially inappropriately, as a sculptural or architectural ornament.
artificial, counterfeit, or false.


an imitation or substitute.
pretense; sham.
a false hairpiece.

Origin of postiche

1850–55; < French < Italian apposticcio < Vulgar Latin *appositīcius added to. See apposite, -itious Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for postiche

hairpiece, toupee, rug, periwig, peruke, postiche

Examples from the Web for postiche

Historical Examples of postiche

  • We have made a great succs by means of postiche—there is no denying it.


    Laurence Oliphant

British Dictionary definitions for postiche



(of architectural ornament) inappropriately applied; sham
false or artificial; spurious


another term for hairpiece (def. 2)
an imitation, counterfeit, or substitute
anything that is false; sham or pretence

Word Origin for postiche

C19: from French, from Italian apposticcio (n), from Late Latin appositīcius (adj); see apposite
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