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.
pasticheurplay \ˌpa-stē-ˈshər, ˌpä-\ noun
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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.
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: 1866
PASTICHE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of pastiche for English Language Learners
: 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
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