from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A work or style produced by borrowing fragments, ingredients, or motifs from various sources; a potpourri.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A medley; an olio.
- n. A work of art imitating directly the work of another artist, or of more artists than one.
- n. A falsified work of art, as a vase or statue made up of parts of original works, with missing parts supplied.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A medley; a hotchpotch; a farrago; specifically, in music, an opera, cantata, or similar work made up of detached numbers from various works, even by different authors, but arranged as if intended to form a continuous dramatic work, a special libretto being usually written for the music; a medley, olio, ballad-opera, etc.
- n. In painting, a picture painted in direct imitation of the style and manner of some other than the artist; also, such an imitation of style.
- n. In decorative art, a copy of any design modified by the material or the purpose of the copy.
Italian, from Vulgar Latin *pastīcium, pasty; see patisserie.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)