Definition of pastille in English:



  • 1British A small sweet or lozenge.

    ‘fruit pastilles’
    ‘a packet of throat pastilles’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘It'll be some days before I'm without a good supply of germicidal wet-wipes and extra-strong eucalyptus pastilles.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You have but to clear your throat and the next day you'll be inundated with linctuses, pastilles, pills and potions…’
    • ‘Hard on their heels come the Spanish with Jelly Flops, a toxic fruit pastille variant, reminiscent of the Irish Sea.’
    • ‘VocalZone, a pastille created to soothe vocal chords and relieve irritations, is available for singers, speakers, smokers and sufferers of the common cold.’
    • ‘The firm began manufacturing fruit pastilles, and they were sold loose and unadvertised in 4lb wooden boxes for a penny an ounce.’
    • ‘For this reason, sucking any pastille, lozenge or boiled sweet can help to relieve a sore throat.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She received many floral tributes plus a more unusual gift - a tube of pastilles from a five-year-old York schoolboy.’
    • ‘It was wonderful returning home that evening to find a packet of fruit pastilles waiting for me after I had eaten my dinner.’
    • ‘Is there a black market in blackcurrant pastilles?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Following recent takeovers, it has now extended its range to include wine gums, fruit pastilles, jelly beans and traditional boiled sweets, toffees and fudge.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘Sucking of lozenges and pastilles produces saliva which lubricates and soothes inflamed tissues and washes infecting organisms off them.’
    • ‘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.’
    lozenge, sweet, gumdrop, drop, gum
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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’.