Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A small medicated or flavored tablet; a troche.
  • n. A tablet containing aromatic substances that is burned to fumigate or deodorize the air.
  • n. A pastel paste or crayon.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A soft flavoured candy.
  • n. A medicinal pill, originally compressed herbs. A throat pastille is a large candy-like lozenge, which, when sucked, releases oils to soothe a sore throat and sometimes vapors to help unblock the nose or sinuses.
  • n. A small granular half spheroid piece of material.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • See pastil.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a medicated lozenge used to soothe the throat

Etymologies

French, from Spanish pastilla, perfume pellet, and Italian pastillo, pastille, both from Latin pāstillus, little loaf, medicine tablet, diminutive of pānis, bread.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
The sweets are named after Italian confectioner Giovanni Pastilla who made them for Marie de Medici. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • - in fabric design, "une pastille" is a large round spot - "un pois" (= pea) being smaller.

    machine à coudre - French Word-A-Day

  • Scenes taken from mythology were done in what was known as "pastille," composition work raised and painted on a gold background.

    Woman as Decoration

  • Noting the four Secret Service guns at the edge of the stage, I took one fearful precaution: having been sucking on lozenges all day (my throat was dry and I was scheduled to sing that night at the Class Cabaret), I gathered a few into my left hand rather than risk the ignominy of being shot down as I reached into my cutaway for a pastille.

    Colin Powell Changes His Tune

  • We offer the pastille in our Entertainment Luxury line because it is multifunctional and great to relax and surf the net while sitting in your game room.

    The Pastille armchair & footstool from Leolux

  • But he picked up a Chocorange and read the label on it: sugar-free, healthy, tooth-friendly, it said, only four calories per pastille.

    Portobello

  • The words made their way over my tongue like a sweet pastille of possibility.

    machine à coudre - French Word-A-Day

  •      "Looks like she ate one," said Mimi, indicating an empty space where the honeybee cream pastille should have been.

    An Ancient Symbol for Fire

  • And because I entered through the happy green door, I don't resent it for being some sort of pastille.

    Violets & Rainwater, revisted

  • And I want a pastille now. *sigh* No more posts about gourmand scents.

    Aftelier Cassis: Perfume Review

  • A standard of the high security, pump Vak is recognized since tens of years by the whole of the profession like a product top-of-the-range, reliable, at important combinative power. 10 throats, key stainless, guard and pastille year Ti-drilling and anti-sawing.

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  • "Two, three, four paces down the hall, past a pastille burner, and Billy steers me to the left into a blue-tiled bathroom."
    Forgetting Elena by Edmund White, p 122 of the Vintage International paperback edition

    November 21, 2009

  • 1451 Corpus Christi Acct. Rolls in A. F. Johnston & M. Rogerson Rec. Early. Eng. Drama: York (1979) I. 78 Item in pane subtili vocato symnell & Pastill vij s x d.

    July 12, 2008