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picturesque

adjective pic·tur·esque \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

1
a :  resembling a picture :  suggesting a painted scene
b :  charming or quaint in appearance
2
:  evoking mental images :  vivid
pic·tur·esque·ly adverb
pic·tur·esque·ness noun

Examples of PICTURESQUE

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

Origin of PICTURESQUE

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

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