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

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 Jenner also posted a few solo photos from the vacation, including a couple of bikini shots and snaps of the picturesque landscape. Nasha Smith,, 14 Apr. 2022 Most tourists spend an afternoon discovering the shops, art galleries and restaurants in the picturesque town of Banff. Washington Post, 23 Mar. 2022 Exploring around the top is picturesque, but better views await at the base of the waterfall. Flip Putthoff, Arkansas Online, 15 Mar. 2022 There are few sites more picturesque than this: Surrounded by lush tropical Hawaiian flora, the residence is steps away from two natural waterfalls on either side that cascade into the ocean beneath. Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 28 Feb. 2022 Nestled in the Atlantic Ocean, five miles off the coast of the picturesque town of Port Clyde, Maine, lie two rugged islands with stories to tell. New York Times, 2 Feb. 2022 The thought that Suzanne may have been abducted hit the peaceful, picturesque town of Salida hard. CBS News, 22 Jan. 2022 At arguably the most picturesque venue of the week, models wearing branded caution tape did acrobatics on stilts and danced inside of inflatable balls on the Resorts World Hilton pool. Brenna Ehrlich, Rolling Stone, 4 Apr. 2022 Monterey County, California Covering some of the most picturesque spots on the California coast, Monterey County is perfect for a beach getaway from San Francisco. Elizabeth Rhodes, Travel + Leisure, 8 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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2 May 2022

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“Picturesque.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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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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