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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Some travelers are heading south to Belize, where the beaches are just as picturesque and the Mayan ruins just as mystical—but much less crowded (at least for now). Christina Pérez, Vogue, "Here’s Where to Travel in 2019," 26 Dec. 2018 How To Get There Sitting in the shadow of the Sassongher mountain, a finger-like peak that juts into the sky and penetrates the view from all angles, Corvara couldn’t be more picturesque. Kelly Hushin, Town & Country, "How to Explore the Hidden Gems of Italy's Dolomite Region," 28 Sep. 2018 The ideal town is easy enough to envision: a cozy, safe and picturesque spot with—perhaps most essential—a sense of community. Glenn Ruffenach, WSJ, "Five Reasons You May Not Want to Retire in a Small Town," 2 Aug. 2018 Woman Walks Ahead is too small and picturesque to hate, and too full of talent to disregard outright. K. Austin Collins, HWD, "Review: Woman Walks Ahead Proves Good Intentions Don’t Make a Good Movie," 29 June 2018 Tuesday morning’s sunrise was similarly picturesque, thanks to the texture and blend of mid- and high-level clouds. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "Monday’s sunset and Tuesday’s sunrise boasted a stunning color palette," 26 June 2018 Unlike its trendier neighbors, the second largest of the Sporades Islands located in the Aegean Sea offers picturesque views and relaxation, minus the crowds. Lindsey Murray, Good Housekeeping, "Your Getaway Guide to Skopelos Island, Where "Mamma Mia" Was Filmed," 9 Oct. 2018 The estate is located on top of a hill, and while the Scream scene might have been terrifying, the property is gorgeous, with the kind of picturesque view that kinda sorta makes the most head-scratching part of the movie make sense. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "What It's Really Like Inside The 'Scream' House," 8 Oct. 2018 Location: La Jolla, California Price: $30,000,000 There are certain houses that look ready-made for a movie scene, Hollywood-glam exuding from every picturesque view or over-the-top fountain. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Cliffside California mansion fit for a Bond villain asks $30M," 5 Oct. 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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