noun \pas-ˈtēsh, päs-\

: 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

Full Definition of PASTICHE

:  a literary, artistic, musical, or architectural work that imitates the style of previous work; also :  such stylistic imitation
a :  a musical, literary, or artistic composition made up of selections from different works :  potpourri
b :  hodgepodge
pas·ti·cheur \ˌpas-tē-ˈshər, ˌpäs-\ noun

Examples of PASTICHE

  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.

Origin of PASTICHE

French, from Italian pasticcio
First Known Use: 1878

Other Fine Arts Terms

Gothic, baroque, bas-relief, limn, oeuvre, rococo, sfumato


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