pic·​tur·​esque | \ ˌpik-chə-ˈresk How to pronounce picturesque (audio) \

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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Twelve is a famous, picturesque par three, Augusta’s Matterhorn. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, "Inside the Cultish Dreamworld of Augusta National," 14 June 2019 The national team returns to World Cup action this weekend to take on Chile, as golf's national championship culminates in picturesque Pebble Beach, California. David Close, CNN, "The US Open, Women's World Cup and greatest rivalry in sports promise another action-packed weekend," 14 June 2019 The unnamed park that will be located at 1 Old Bridge Road will complement the picturesque atmosphere of the area. Tyra Mcclung,, "Simsbury’s Old Drake Hill Flower Bridge will be closed this season as construction begins on a new park," 13 June 2019 The picturesque mountain enclave that grew in lore as a mining town has in more recent decades become a low-key haven for tourists attracted to the look and feel of the frontier outpost, where some residents still embody a bit of its pioneer spirit. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Julian station rebellion unresolved as fire season begins," 5 June 2019 Brunch on fresh papaya or lounge by the picturesque pool (don’t forget the SPF). Taylore Glynn, Marie Claire, "Your Beauty Guide to Mexico City," 28 May 2019 Advertising Ryan McMahon hit two homers, and Charlie Blackmon and Trevor Story also went deep for the Rockies on a picturesque, 85-degree day with the wind blowing out to center. Aaron Bracy, The Seattle Times, "Harper, Realmuto power Phillies past Rockies 7-5 for sweep," 19 May 2019 In the shot, taken from a picturesque balcony, Priyanka is wearing a pale blue satin gown paired with white shoes and a hat, while Nick compliments her outfit perfectly in a white suit. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra Attend 2019 Cannes Film Festival," 18 May 2019 And yet some British knickers are still in a twist for a reason most people would never notice, much less care about: which media outlets were physically present at Baby Sussex’s rather picturesque reveal on the grounds of Windsor Castle. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "The Controversy Behind Who Got to Cover Meghan and Harry’s Royal Baby Reveal," 8 May 2019

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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 How to pronounce picturesque (audio) \

Kids Definition of picturesque

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

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