Definition of pastiche in English:



  • 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’
    • ‘The piece was initially meant to be, among other things, a pastiche of Ray Bradbury's sci-fi entertainments.’
    • ‘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 disk jockey played a pastiche of speeches by the president - in the president's own voice - assembled to convey precisely the opposite of their original meaning.’
    • ‘In Sean, Landers sneaks into art history by camouflaging his name, writ very large, amid a pastiche of colorful forms from Woman with a Flower and other works.’
    • ‘So despite the fact that the commercial is quite clearly a pastiche of Bruce Lee movie scenes and video game cliches, it has been branded as insulting.’
    • ‘Beaton posed the hollow-eyed Warhol between to pretty, bare-chested boys in a pastiche of a Renaissance painting.’
    • ‘And Chu-Chi Face, in which Nichola McAuliffe's sexy baroness runs rings around Brian Blessed's Vulgarian baron, is even more clearly than before a pastiche of Lehar operetta.’
    • ‘The novel borrows one of James's favourite narrative methods without attempting anything like a pastiche of his style.’
    • ‘Much of what he writes in the chapter is a pastiche of statements made in De l' Usage des passions.’
    • ‘Here, instead of a subtle critique of Bonifacio's shortcomings, Tintoretto opted for out-and-out parody in a cheeky pastiche of the late artist's approach.’
    • ‘Although there are occasional contemporary references most of the text reads like a pastiche of an Old Testament prophet and much of the language and imagery is Biblical.’
    • ‘Most prominent is Kevin, the sloe-eyed, dull-witted actor played by Dermot Mulroney almost as a pastiche of Keanu Reeves.’
    • ‘Actually, I was quite worried about doing a comic novel, because I'm a massive fan of PG Wodehouse and Evelyn Waugh, and I was terrified I was going to lapse into a pastiche of their style.’
    • ‘A piece on the May blackouts in Moscow is written as a pastiche of four short essays by Lu Xun.’
    • ‘The preceding chapter, ‘A Paper out of the Spectator’, is universally acclaimed as one of the most brilliant tours de force in Thackeray's prose, containing as it does a brilliant pastiche of Addison.’
    • ‘Tarantino may be doing a pastiche of Kubrick's The Killing and other gangster pictures, but he is also, perhaps unconsciously, revisiting Sartre's hell.’
    • ‘His King Charles's Galliard also is a pastiche of older music; Cordell adapted it from his score to the film Cromwell.’
    • ‘Their bawdy exploits were commented on by Howerd during asides, complete with awful puns, in a pastiche of the traditional Greek chorus.’
    • ‘Tripmaster Monkey opens with a pastiche of Ulysses's third chapter, Stephen Dedalus's ten-page interior monologue.’
    • ‘With a pastiche of scores by Chopin, Schumann, Shostakovitch, and Rimsky-Korsakov, Nijinsky is a phantasmagoria.’
    imitation, parody, take-off
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    1. 1.1An artistic work consisting of a medley of pieces imitating various sources.
      ‘a pastiche of literary models and sources’
      • ‘A Witch's Tangled Hare, a 1959 Warner Brothers cartoon, offers Bugs Bunny and Witch Hazel in a pastiche of selections from Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, and Hamlet.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They included copies of genuine drawings and prints, as well as pastiches in the style of his chosen artists.’
      • ‘A small crowd congregated in the cozy confines of the Victory Café on this dark and stormy night to enjoy the duo's literate pop pastiches.’
      • ‘This first major American survey of the Icelandic painter contains approximately 70 of his colorful, dense canvases offering a pastiche of artistic styles and pop culture references.’
      • ‘In addition, insofar as educational institutions invite students to model themselves on others, a degree of plagiarism and pastiche are built into the acquiring of creative skills.’
      • ‘Then comes an entirely new set of challenges: face-offs with writer friends whose essays he failed to select for the literary pastiche and fears the anthology will get skewered fatally by critics.’
      • ‘The movie is essentially a pastiche of various cinematic references from that era.’
      • ‘The amateur composer's output is usually small and pastiche.’
      • ‘I envision them as two goatee-stroking trainspotters with swelled, distended craniums, able to assimilate incidental music from any source into a perfect pastiche.’
      • ‘These moments, along with the principles of combination that bring them into juxtaposition, do not prioritize original composition over pastiche or sample, ambient noise or snippet of radio.’
      • ‘It's meant to be a pastiche of great classical music.’
      • ‘A postmodern pastiche of popular music styles and hits, the film used songs and music ranging from Madonna and the Beatles to Dolly Parton and Kiss.’
      • ‘Its huge popularity in ecclesiastical and domestic decoration had led inexorably to widespread commercialism, with many designers content to work in a pastiche of historical styles.’
      • ‘Yet this Harry is not merely homage and deference to past works, a pastiche of styles and narrative devices like so many other films that seek to emulate previous masters of the genre.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The band ricocheted from one genre to another, often stopping to blend elements into a kicky pastiche of jump blues, beat poetry and lacerating alt-rock/rap.’
      • ‘While the film is a pastiche of different elements of various movies, we wanted it to remain sincere and sweet.’
      • ‘A pastiche of autobiography and post-modern plot twists, it was haunted by an off-putting tone of smug precociousness.’
      • ‘So many riches, so many opportunities to astonish us, and yet Clarke insists on breaking off again and again to indulge in literary pastiche.’
      mixture, blend, medley, melange, miscellany, mixed bag, pot-pourri, mosaic, patchwork, mix, compound, composite, collection, motley collection, assortment, conglomeration, hotchpotch, hodgepodge, jumble, ragbag, mishmash, farrago, hash
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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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Brambell appears heralded by a piece of incidental music that pastiches Ron Grainer's famous ‘Old Ned’ theme.’
    • ‘Irony is a kind of escape clause: you don't have to consider the ‘social aspirations more sincere than our own’, only pastiche them.’
    • ‘This is a persuasive argument, one in which DeLillo's novel does not itself ‘exhibit the ahistoricism and pastiched depthlessness often associated with postmodernism’.’
    • ‘Ovenden is also an authority on Victorian photography, on which he has published several books, and in the late 1970s he was involved in a scandal involving faked or pastiched photographs in 19th-century style.’
    • ‘We have the capability to pick and choose and pastiche and sample from our multiple selves to construct a better human being.’
    • ‘Jill Lloyd points out in her catalogue essay that the collage approach of Schad's Dadaist years carries over into the seemingly illogical and frequently pastiched backgrounds and props of the later portraits.’
    • ‘But the eyebrows really raise with Noel's songs. ‘Mucky Fingers’ proves he can pastiche the Velvet Underground and Bob Dylan as well as the Beatles.’
    • ‘Corduroy were one of those British acid-jazz bands who specialised in covering, and pastiching, theme music, mostly from 70s TV shows.’
    • ‘Whereas the groups they pastiche often seemed like they would rather be anything other than a popgroup, The Strokes don't want to be anything but…’
    • ‘We were going to pastiche - to model - the whole book after four beginnings of other books: one, for example, was La Vita Nuova, and another was The Journals of Lewis and Clark.’
    • ‘The recognition of pastiched materials in works of art appealed to a particular mode of aesthetic pleasure that coexisted with others at a given point in the past.’
    • ‘Some call them a joke, poseurs who pastiche the look, moves and sound of classic, brothel-creeping rock'n'roll; others call them the coolest band in the world.’
    • ‘It's a slight premise, but it's played for laughs throughout, pastiching not only the TV show, but the buddy genre and the Seventies in general.’
    • ‘Only he would seize on the effervescent cinematic potential of anything from Lund's ability to wiggle her ears to a chance to pastiche an hour of Paris, Texas in two minutes flat.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It sounds very typical Kerouac, but then again it is easy to pastiche.’


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