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 Recently featured in The New York Times, Katonah NY is a picturesque small town in Westchester NY, defined by a deep sense of community, culture and a downtown made up of thriving and unique local businesses. Liz Frazier, Forbes, "Survivor Stories: Insights And Advice From Small Local Businesses That Prevailed Over 2020," 25 Feb. 2021 He’s in the Yorkshire Dales, which are picturesque as hell, all undulating hills and dry-stone walls and various doe-eyed animals. Alice Burton, Vulture, "All Creatures Great and Small," 10 Jan. 2021 Despite the truly picturesque appeal of the digs, is offering the listing at just $5 a night in honor of Abraham Lincoln. Rebecca Norris, Country Living, "You Can Live Under an Actual Rock During Election Week Thanks to This Listing on," 8 Oct. 2020 After 40 years of highlighting blood vessels in angiograms, Eleazar Paredes now dedicates his imaging talents to more picturesque small wonders: black-chinned hummingbirds. René A. Guzman,, "S.A.’s Common Critters: Black-chinned hummingbirds have big hearts, big brains and a big appetite for sugar water," 8 Sep. 2020 The surrender site is not the usual tourist spot in Harpers Ferry, a picturesque town of 286 people where the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers come together. Terry Pluto, cleveland, "What we need to remember when people say, ‘It’s never been this bad!’ – Terry Pluto," 16 Jan. 2021 The last strong quake struck in the 1990s when the picturesque Adriatic coast village of Ston was destroyed. Sasa Kavic, USA TODAY, "7 deaths reported, others missing after magnitude 6.3 earthquake strikes Croatia," 29 Dec. 2020 The last strong quake struck in the 1990s when the picturesque Adriatic coast village of Ston was destroyed. NBC News, "At least 7 dead after magnitude 6.3 earthquake strikes Croatia," 29 Dec. 2020 While enjoying the picturesque surroundings of Aspen, Colorado, the Pitch Perfect actress has been posting new Instagrams showcasing her figure in ski suits and cozy winter accessories. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, "Rebel Wilson and Boyfriend Jacob Busch Showcase Serious PDA on Instagram," 21 Dec. 2020

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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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3 Mar 2021

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“Picturesque.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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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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