pic·​tur·​esque | \ˌpik-chə-ˈresk \

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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The prefab cabin is nestled into the woods and takes full advantage of its picturesque surroundings with large windows and a generous deck. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Chic black chalet does cabin in the woods right," 9 Nov. 2018 What started out as a picturesque relationship quickly spiraled into a terrifying sequence of lies, threats, and potential homicide. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Everything We Know About Bravo's TV Adaptation of Dirty John," 15 Oct. 2018 This includes being washed away by waves on a beach, capsizing in a boat, and getting into picturesque water while not knowing how to swim. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Here are the top ways people die while taking selfies and “being cool”," 4 Oct. 2018 The 22-year-old Barquin was a top golfer in Spain as a teenager and came to Iowa State University to pursue her career, drawn by the school's facilities, coaches and picturesque campus. Lucia I. Suarez Sang, Fox News, "Celia Barquin Arozamena's hometown in Spain mourns her death: 'She was in the best moment of her life'," 19 Sep. 2018 This picturesque area is perfect for anyone suffering a bit of urban fatigue. Juliet Izon, Good Housekeeping, "5 Cheap Road Trips to Take When You Really Need to Get Out of Town," 25 July 2018 It’s been reported, just over two months after Harry and Meghan tied the knot, the Queen has finally presented her understated and subtle wedding gift to the newlyweds in the form of a picturesque, extremely extra new home. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "The Queen Has Gifted Prince Harry and Meghan Markle an Incredible New Home," 23 July 2018 Heavy storm clouds crept in to spoil the once-sunny day just before the ceremony was set to begin on a picturesque beach along the Mississippi coastline. Hannah Natanson,, "A storm was ruining this beach wedding. Then a total stranger made the bride an offer," 12 July 2018 An early tee-time brings a sense of serenity and tranquility with quiet picturesque mountain backdrops, and don’t be surprised to see wildlife wandering the greens with you. Brian Sodoma, azcentral, "Professional designs, desert beauty, make Tucson golf a winner," 31 May 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of picturesque

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

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