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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Alexandria was just as picturesque and typical of most small towns in America in the 1940s. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "Retro on the Road: This Indiana town was used for wartime 'Small Town, U.S.A.' propaganda," 15 Nov. 2019 Erin Koegel’s view from the front of her Spring Lake Park home is hardly picturesque. Nick Ferraro, Twin Cities, "Northtown Mall wants to move its transit hub. Why neighbors of the center are objecting.," 3 Nov. 2019 The Cholla Cactus Garden, located on Pinto Basin Road at the park’s center, and Keys View (boasting sight lines to the glittering Salton Sea and beyond), farther west at the end of Keys View Road, are especially picturesque at this time. Shawnté Salabert, Outside Online, "The Ultimate Joshua Tree National Park Travel Guide," 28 Oct. 2019 Rio’s gondolas sure are picturesque, and promised to be endlessly useful to the residents of one of the cities underserved favelas. Wired, "Smart Summons from Tesla, Drones from UPS, and More Car News," 6 Oct. 2019 Spend the day working up an appetite and a thirst by hiking the vertiginous hills (the steeply terraced vines, juxtaposed against the turquoise water, are ultra-picturesque), then sample the area’s fresh seafood with both types. Nick Remsen, Vogue, "5 Vineyard Experiences That Go Beyond Your Typical Tasting," 5 Oct. 2019 The only word to use to describe this venue is picturesque. Andrea Wurzburger,, "As the Big Day Approaches, Here's Everything We Know About Justin Bieber & Hailey Baldwin's Wedding," 27 Sep. 2019 Breathtaking in any season, the highway is especially picturesque in spring, when endemic wildflowers bloom, and winter, when waterfalls freeze and massive icicles hang from graceful arched bridges. National Geographic, "Here are 10 of the world’s most spectacular road trips," 13 Sep. 2019 True to its name, majestic oaks dot the neighborhood and surrounding hillsides that create the picturesque setting for this home at 2155 Hidden Oak Drive. Monica Lander, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: A stunning remodel in a gorgeous Hidden Oaks setting," 19 Aug. 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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The first known use of picturesque was in 1703

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30 Dec 2019

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“Picturesque.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 2020.

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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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