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Definition of "pastiche" [pastiche]

  • A dramatic, literary, or musical piece openly imitating the previous works of other artists, often with satirical intent. (noun)
  • A pasticcio of incongruous parts; a hodgepodge: "In . . . a city of splendid Victorian architecture . . . there is a rather pointless pastiche of Dickensian London down on the waterfront” ( Economist). (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "pastiche" in a sentence
  • "All these characters, whom I love reading about, esp. in pastiche, must be part of this Secret History."
  • "Even as artistic theory values repetition and familiarity in pastiche and other ways, law is not keeping up."
  • "A pastel color pastiche is offset by the presence of seemingly endless light-grade wooden construction/renovation."