Definition of pastiche in English:

pastiche

Line breaks: pas|tiche
Pronunciation: /paˈstiːʃ
 
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noun

  • 1An artistic work in a style that imitates that of another work, artist, or period: the operetta is a pastiche of 18th century style [mass noun]: the songs amount to much more than blatant pastiche
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    • Duchamp offers us a pastiche of Delvaux's style, his manière, which features in painting after painting groups of women in various stages of nudity parading through dreamlike landscapes.
    • The novel borrows one of James's favourite narrative methods without attempting anything like a pastiche of his style.
    • The piece was initially meant to be, among other things, a pastiche of Ray Bradbury's sci-fi entertainments.
    Synonyms
    imitation, parody, take-off
    rare pasticcio
  • 1.1An artistic work consisting of a medley of pieces imitating various sources: a pastiche of literary models and sources
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    • I envision them as two goatee-stroking trainspotters with swelled, distended craniums, able to assimilate incidental music from any source into a perfect pastiche.
    • His canvases are pastiches, literally layered with familiar figures that seem to float in and mingle - Porky Pig, National Geographic primitives, and naked women with bodies splayed in standard porn poses.
    • Thus came the parlour songs, which at first were a mixture of folky adaptations and pastiches of operatic arias; verses of gentle melancholy were set to simple melodies accompanied by an Alberti bass or arpeggios.
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verb

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  • Imitate the style of (an artist or work): Gauguin took himself to a Pacific island and pastiched the primitive art he found there
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    • The first three books were pastiches and I didn't want to end up pastiching myself and finishing in a dark cobbled alley I'd been down before.
    • Bogart and Bergman's heart-rending airstrip farewell is enshrined as one of the all-time great endings, and was pastiched to great effect in Woody Allen's Play It Again Sam.
    • Some may remember Niagara, the '80s French pop duo who often pastiched the glory days of Gainsbourg - cool tunes, snappy vids and serious retro chic.

Origin

late 19th century: from French, from Italian pasticcio, based on late Latin pasta 'paste'.

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