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

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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Clarke attended the picturesque wedding which took place in June 2018. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke's Friendship Is Founded on Dirty Jokes and Awkward Kissing," 21 Mar. 2019 Netherlands Who wouldn't be happy strolling to work along Amsterdam's picturesque canals? Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "These Are the World's 10 Happiest Countries," 21 Mar. 2019 According to their leaked Save The Date invitation, the couple have chosen France for a picturesque, destination wedding in 2019. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas Were Absolutely the Cutest at the Grammys After Party," 11 Feb. 2019 SzentendreA charming town known for its art life and picturesque streets, less than an hour by car or boat up the Danube. András Szántó, Condé Nast Traveler, "Where to Eat, Stay, and Play in Budapest," 29 Aug. 2018 The picturesque and historic Packard proving grounds will celebrate the test track’s 90th anniversary with an exceptional array of classic vehicles for a car show June 10 and an evening gala June 14. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Historic cars flock to 90th anniversary of Packard proving ground," 30 May 2018 Harry was baptized in St. George's as an infant, and the church has been the venue for many a picturesque royal wedding over the years. Becca Endicott, ELLE Decor, "Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Will Wed At St. George's Chapel At Windsor Castle," 28 Nov. 2017 Rostov Arena’s original design blends harmoniously into the picturesque landscape. Zoe Szathmary, Fox News, "2018 World Cup stadiums hosting matches in Russia: A guide," 13 June 2018 The area is also rich with picturesque landscapes, from rippling grasslands to snowy mountain tops. Lauren Hubbard, Harper's BAZAAR, "The 18 Places to Travel in 2018," 21 Dec. 2017

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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 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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