picturesque

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adjective pic·tur·esque \ ˌpik-chə-ˈresk \

Definition of picturesque

1 a :resembling a picture :suggesting a painted scene
b :charming or quaint in appearance
2 :evoking mental images :vivid

picturesquely

adverb

picturesqueness

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Examples of picturesque in a Sentence

  1. The view of the mountains was very picturesque.

  2. wrote a picturesque tale of their journey across the country

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Origin and Etymology of picturesque

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

Synonym Discussion of picturesque

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

PICTURESQUE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of picturesque for English Language Learners

  • : 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


PICTURESQUE Defined for Kids

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adjective pic·tur·esque \ ˌpik-chə-ˈresk \

Definition of picturesque for Students

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


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