Pastiche

Pastiche

päsˈtēSH

Noun

  • An artistic work in a style that imitates that of another work, artist, or period.
  • An artistic work consisting of a medley of pieces taken from various sources.

Verb

  • Imitate the style of (an artist or work).

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Example Sentences

“The student’s pastiche was imitative of Frida Kahlo.”

“It was clearly a pastiche, but I still admired the quality of work in the painting.”

“My style is to pastiche from different eras and produce a work that reflects my emotions.”

Word Origin

French, late 19th century

Why this word?

You can’t order it at a restaurant, but “pastiche” has etymological ties to your favorite bowl of carbs. The Latin word “pasta” means “paste,” which turned into “pasticcio” in Italian, and “pastiche” in French. You can turn a floury paste into pasta, or you can paste together artistic styles into a pastiche. 

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