pastiche

noun
pas·​tiche | \ pa-ˈstēsh How to pronounce pastiche (audio) , pä- \

Definition of pastiche

1 : a literary, artistic, musical, or architectural work that imitates the style of previous work His building designs are pastiches based on classical forms. also : such stylistic imitation
2a : a musical, literary, or artistic composition made up of selections from different works : potpourri The research paper was essentially a pastiche made up of passages from different sources.
b : hodgepodge The house is decorated in a pastiche of Asian styles.

Other Words from pastiche

pasticheur \ ˌpa-​stē-​ˈshər How to pronounce pastiche (audio) , ˌpä-​ \ noun

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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.

Examples of pastiche in a Sentence

His earlier building designs were pastiches based on classical forms. With this work she goes beyond pastiche. The research paper was essentially a pastiche made up of passages from different sources. The house is decorated in a pastiche of Asian styles.
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First Known Use of pastiche

1866, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pastiche

French, from Italian pasticcio

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11 May 2022

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“Pastiche.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pastiche. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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