Definition of pastille in English:



  • 1British A small sweet or lozenge.

    ‘fruit pastilles’
    ‘a packet of throat pastilles’
    • ‘The firm began manufacturing fruit pastilles, and they were sold loose and unadvertised in 4lb wooden boxes for a penny an ounce.’
    • ‘Sucking of lozenges and pastilles produces saliva which lubricates and soothes inflamed tissues and washes infecting organisms off them.’
    • ‘Can you believe… these ants had been there eating a single orange fruit pastille for two weeks and more, been packed with my clothing; dangled on the chair and never moved until that Sunday?’
    • ‘Is there a black market in blackcurrant pastilles?’
    • ‘Hard on their heels come the Spanish with Jelly Flops, a toxic fruit pastille variant, reminiscent of the Irish Sea.’
    • ‘When all of the above has been mixed together thoroughly, fashion it into little flat pastilles, as you would pills and let them dry in the shade.’
    • ‘She received many floral tributes plus a more unusual gift - a tube of pastilles from a five-year-old York schoolboy.’
    • ‘VocalZone, a pastille created to soothe vocal chords and relieve irritations, is available for singers, speakers, smokers and sufferers of the common cold.’
    • ‘Following recent takeovers, it has now extended its range to include wine gums, fruit pastilles, jelly beans and traditional boiled sweets, toffees and fudge.’
    • ‘It'll be some days before I'm without a good supply of germicidal wet-wipes and extra-strong eucalyptus pastilles.’
    • ‘She is, instantly, on the stairs, a packet of fruit pastilles in her hand, while lifting an orange one to her mouth, a pillar of certainty.’
    • ‘The product is used as a flavouring in cookery and also for tisanes and in confectionery such as the famous pastilles à la menthe, as well as in various sweet or alcoholic beverages.’
    • ‘Remember Pez, those pink pastilles that taste like raspberry-flavoured chalk and are dispensed straight from your favourite cartoon hero, Donald Duck's beak or Popeye's larynx?’
    • ‘The burner can no longer perform its original task, but it is believed that charcoal would have been placed in the bottom of the burner, with the flavoured pastilles in a tray above.’
    • ‘You have but to clear your throat and the next day you'll be inundated with linctuses, pastilles, pills and potions…’
    • ‘It was wonderful returning home that evening to find a packet of fruit pastilles waiting for me after I had eaten my dinner.’
    • ‘For this reason, sucking any pastille, lozenge or boiled sweet can help to relieve a sore throat.’
    • ‘Nearly eight years after Victory in Europe, the limit on jelly babies, pastilles, liquorice, barley sugar sticks, lemonade powder and chocolate bars was finally lifted - and a nation of schoolchildren cheered.’
    • ‘More prosaically, he was perhaps the first advertiser to use a pretty girl to advertise a whole range of products, from soap to throat pastilles.’
    • ‘The fruit pastilles and the shortbread biscuits were eaten in Studio B12.’
    lozenge, sweet, gumdrop, drop, gum
    tablet, pill
    dragée, jujube, troche
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  • 2A small pellet of aromatic paste burnt as a perfume or deodorizer.

    ‘a perforated bowl used for burning sweet-smelling pastilles’
    • ‘In the central area, themed for Lâncome brand, staff and customers float on glass flooring, raised above real water flowing across a mosaic of glass pastilles.’
    • ‘You select a container (ceramic, glass, vases, and cookie cutters, whatever), then add wax pastilles (the rice-looking things), wicks, scent Bingo!’
    pill, capsule, lozenge, caplet, pellet, drop, ball
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Mid 17th century: from French, from Latin pastillus little loaf, lozenge, from panis loaf.