Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.


 (pô-stēsh′, pŏ-)
1. Something false; a sham.
2. A small hairpiece; a toupee.

[French, from Italian posticcio, from posto, added (from Latin positus, past participle of pōnere, to place) or from Vulgar Latin *appostīcius (alteration of Latin appositus, past participle of appōnere, to place by, to add : ad-, ad- + pōnere, to place; see apo- in Indo-European roots).]


1. (Architecture) (of architectural ornament) inappropriately applied; sham
2. false or artificial; spurious
3. (Hairdressing & Grooming) another term for hairpiece2
4. an imitation, counterfeit, or substitute
5. anything that is false; sham or pretence
[C19: from French, from Italian apposticcio (n), from Late Latin appositīcius (adj); see apposite]


(pɔˈstiʃ, pɒ-)

1. artificial; counterfeit.
2. a false hairpiece.
[1850–55; < French < Italian apposticcio < Vulgar Latin *appositīcius added to]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.postiche - a covering or bunch of human or artificial hair used for disguise or adornmentpostiche - a covering or bunch of human or artificial hair used for disguise or adornment
Afro-wig - a wig that gives the appearance of an Afro hairdo
attire, garb, dress - clothing of a distinctive style or for a particular occasion; "formal attire"; "battle dress"
switch - hairpiece consisting of a tress of false hair; used by women to give shape to a coiffure
toupe, toupee - a small hairpiece to cover partial baldness
wig - hairpiece covering the head and made of real or synthetic hair
2.postiche - something that is a counterfeitpostiche - something that is a counterfeit; not what it seems to be
fake book - a fake in the form of an imitation book; used to fill bookcases of people who wish to appear scholarly
imitation - something copied or derived from an original
Potemkin village - something that seems impressive but in fact lacks substance
References in periodicals archive ?
Le periple royal dans nombre de pays africains, couronne par une panoplie d'accords de cooperation multiformes, ainsi que les mesures humaines et civiques, inherentes a la regularisation des sans-papiers africains dans le royaume, les contacts iteratifs d'amitie avec les grandes puissances, notamment les Etats Unis, la Russie, la Chine, en plus du registre avance avec l'Union Europeenne, les progres notoires dans maints domaines, institutionnel, democratique, economique, social et culturel, cumules par notre pays, ces dernieres annees-, autant de facteurs plausibles, mettant hors d'elle, la junte algerienne, qui profere, statu quo oblige, un quatrieme mandat d'affilee a sa postiche morbide sur-une chaise roulante.
Diane will top up the total by selling her hair to wigmaker Banbury Postiche.
Locks of hair snipped from Catherine's head have been sent to Banbury Postiche, an organisation that makes wigs for patients suffering with cancer.