adjective \ˌpik-chə-ˈresk\

: very pretty or charming : like a painted picture

: telling about something in a way that makes it very easy to imagine : causing someone to have a very clear mental picture of something

Full Definition of PICTURESQUE

a :  resembling a picture :  suggesting a painted scene
b :  charming or quaint in appearance
:  evoking mental images :  vivid
pic·tur·esque·ly adverb
pic·tur·esque·ness noun


  1. The view of the mountains was very picturesque.
  2. <wrote a picturesque tale of their journey across the country>


French & Italian; French pittoresque, from Italian pittoresco, from pittore painter, from Latin pictor, from pingere
First Known Use: 1703


adjective    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Artistic concept and style of the late 18th and early 19th century characterized by a preoccupation with architecture and landscape in pictorial combination with each other. In Britain, the picturesque was defined as an aesthetic quality marked by pleasing variety, irregularity, asymmetry, and interesting textures; medieval ruins in a natural landscape were thought to be picturesque. John Nash produced some of the most exemplary works embodying the concept. See also folly.


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