pic·tur·esque | \ˌpik-chə-ˈresk \

Definition of picturesque 

1a : resembling a picture : suggesting a painted scene

b : charming or quaint in appearance

2 : evoking mental images : vivid

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Other Words from picturesque

picturesquely adverb
picturesqueness noun

Synonyms for picturesque


delineated, graphic (also graphical), pictorial, visual, vivid

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graphic, vivid, picturesque mean giving a clear visual impression in words. graphic stresses the evoking of a clear lifelike picture. a graphic account of combat vivid suggests an impressing on the mind of the vigorous aliveness of something. a vivid re-creation of an exciting event picturesque suggests the presentation of a striking or effective picture composed of features notable for their distinctness and charm. a picturesque account of his travels

Examples of picturesque in a Sentence

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

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Although Dubrovnik was devastated by artillery fire during the violent breakup of Yugoslavia in the early 1990s, the city has since rebounded to resume its place as one of the most picturesque resort destinations on the Adriatic coastline. USA TODAY, "The enchanting walled city of Dubrovnik," 9 June 2018 While you and your plebeian friends celebrated Independence Day by firing up a few mediocre hotdogs on the barbecue, J-Rod were busy cozying up to each other on a picturesque beach looking hot as heck (literally and metaphorically speaking). Ruby Buddemeyer, Marie Claire, "Are Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez Engaged? Here Are All the Clues," 6 July 2018 The siege forced more than 300,000 people from their homes in the once picturesque lakeside town. Rina Chandran, The Christian Science Monitor, "Philippine city ushers in 'community-led rehabilitation' after siege," 29 June 2018 Other picturesque way stations include the Big Sur estate of one of Grandpa's wealthy customers (Peter Fonda), a Buddhist monastery and the home of a hippie art forger (Christopher Lloyd). Michael O'sullivan,, "'Boundaries' review: A family road trip to reconciliation and maybe, understanding," 28 June 2018 Gardens changed style to attempt to meet the evolving views of the beautiful, the picturesque or the sublime, with its requisite elements of awe and terror. Barbara Paul Robinson, WSJ, "‘Life in the Garden’ Review: Getting Your Hands Dirty," 12 July 2018 After exhaustive restoration, the Bentley is ready for its closeup, and will be one of the stars of the 40th edition of the annual car show, which includes a full weekend of activities July 27-29 at the picturesque Inn at St. Johns resort. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Saddam Hussein’s 1958 Bentley stars at Concours d'Elegance of America," 11 July 2018 Mount Dora, a town often compared to a New England village, is equally picturesque at 1,000 feet, its white church steeples peeking through an emerald-green tree canopy. Nancy Moreland, The Seattle Times, "Ready for takeoff: A nervous flyer takes on America’s Seaplane City," 3 July 2018 From above, the area looks like a model train set: impossibly picturesque with enough infrastructure to set a young engineer’s heart soaring. Danielle Bochove,, "Trump’s Trade War Looms Over a Canadian Town Built to Supply America," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of picturesque

1703, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for picturesque

French & Italian; French pittoresque, from Italian pittoresco, from pittore painter, from Latin pictor, from pingere

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English Language Learners Definition of picturesque

: 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


pic·tur·esque | \ˌpik-chə-ˈresk \

Kids Definition of picturesque

: suggesting a painted scene in being very pretty or charming a picturesque mountain view

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