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.
Recent Examples of pastiche from the Web
Yet Blood Drive is not a response to the dystopian fears of 2017, but a pastiche of old dystopias.
Volkswagen, that most mainstream of car brands, couldn't let its 21 million-selling Beetle lie -- so almost 60 years after the original entered production, the German brand started building a pastiche of it, called the New Beetle.
Using a pastiche of classic and recent news images mixed with live performance footage, Moore even manages to slip in a mocking bit of Kendall Jenner's infamous Pepsi commercial fiasco.
The dialogue is a pastiche of classic Hollywood, with plenty of knowing winks at the audience.
Jared Kushner is Hand of the King, Kellyanne Conway is Cersei Lannister, and Trump’s ascent was basically one giant George R.R. Martin pastiche.
This needs to be a surrealist little French pastiche' or 'This one needs to be a little droney waltz.'
During its initial run, Samurai Jack was an episodic show about a wandering samurai in a foreign land, blending Kurosawa pastiche with Tartakosvky’s endlessly varying interests.
One of the most thrilling sections of Chen's exhibition is focused on postmodern design, and its wild and at times confusing pastiche of colors, patterns, forms and references reveals how postmodernism drew on transnationalist dialogues.
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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: 1866See Words from the same year
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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