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pastiche

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noun pas·tiche \pas-ˈtēsh, päs-\

Simple Definition of pastiche

  • : something (such as a piece of writing, music, etc.) that imitates the style of someone or something else

  • : a piece of writing, music, etc., that is made up of selections from different works

  • : a mixture of different things

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of pastiche

  1. 1 :  a literary, artistic, musical, or architectural work that imitates the style of previous work; also :  such stylistic imitation

  2. 2 a :  a musical, literary, or artistic composition made up of selections from different works :  potpourri b :  hodgepodge

pasticheur

play \ˌpas-tē-ˈshər, ˌpäs-\ noun

Examples of pastiche in a sentence

  1. His earlier building designs were pastiches based on classical forms.

  2. With this work she goes beyond pastiche.

  3. The research paper was essentially a pastiche made up of passages from different sources.

  4. The house is decorated in a pastiche of Asian styles.



Did You Know?

It all began with macaroni. Our word pastiche is from French, but the French word was in turn borrowed from Italian, where the word is pasticcio. Pasticcio is what the Italians called a kind of "macaroni pie" (from the word pasta). English-speakers familiar with this multilayered dish had begun to apply the name to various sorts of potpourris or hodgepodges (musical, literary, or otherwise) by the 18th century. For over a hundred years English speakers were happy with pasticcio, until we discovered the French word pastiche sometime in the latter part of the 1800s. Although we still occasionally use pasticcio in its extended meaning, "pastiche" is now much more common.

Origin and Etymology of pastiche

French, from Italian pasticcio


First Known Use: 1878

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