from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A literary work pieced together from the works of several authors.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A hotchpotch, a mixture; especially a piece made up of quotations from other authors.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A literary or a musical composition formed by selections from different authors disposed in a new order.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A patchwork.
- n. Hence In music and literature, a composition made up of selections from the works of various authors or composers; a pasticcio; a medley.
Latin centō, patchwork.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin cento ‘patchwork garment’. (Wiktionary)