Via French pastiche, from Italian pasticcio (“pie, something blended”), from Vulgar Latin *pasticium, from Latin pasta (“dough, pastry cake, paste”), from Ancient Greek παστά (pastá, “barley porridge”), from παστός (pastós, “sprinkled with salt”).
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /pæsˈtiːʃ/
- (General American) IPA(key): /pæsˈtiʃ/, /pæˈstiʃ/
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- Rhymes: -iːʃ
pastiche (plural pastiches)
- A work of art, drama, literature, music, or architecture that imitates the work of a previous artist.
- A musical medley, typically quoting other works.
- An incongruous mixture; a hodgepodge.
- (uncountable) A postmodern playwriting technique that fuses a variety of styles, genres, and story lines to create a new form.
- To create or compose in a mixture of styles.
2008 May 13, Natalie Angier, “A Gene Map for the Cute Side of the Family”, New York Times:
- That the genetic code of the platypus proved to be as bizarrely pastiched as its anatomy enhanced the popular appeal of the report, published in the journal Nature.