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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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 The picturesque village saw a small, steady flow of international backpackers in the following years. Eric Bellman, WSJ, "No Music, No Parties, No TV: A Tourist Paradise Gets Dull to Keep Crowds Away," 22 Jan. 2020 The World Economic Forum's 50th annual meeting begins Monday, drawing 3,000 of the world's richest and most powerful people to a picturesque skiing village in the Swiss mountains. Hadas Gold, CNN, "Trump vs. Thunberg: The climate crisis could dominate Davos," 19 Jan. 2020 Wonders lost History’s club of barbarians includes Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceauşescu, who planned the destruction of hundreds of his country’s picturesque villages and churches before he was deposed and executed in 1989. David J. Wasserstein, The Conversation, "Trump’s Twitter threat to destroy Iran’s cultural sites is a historic mistake," 7 Jan. 2020 Television reporters, newly arrived from Delhi, set up cameras on the picturesque shoreline of Dal Lake and dutifully repeated the government’s line. Dexter Filkins, The New Yorker, "Blood and Soil in Narendra Modi’s India," 2 Dec. 2019 Lake Colden, which is 2,754 feet high, is a picturesque and popular camping area for backpackers., "The first verified example of recovery of an Adirondack lake rendered fishless by acid rain was Brooktrout Lake, where heritage strain trout were stocked in 2005 and found to be reproducing in 2010.," 9 Oct. 2019 Alexandria was just as picturesque and typical of most small towns in America in the 1940s. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "Retro on the Road: This Indiana town was used for wartime 'Small Town, U.S.A.' propaganda," 15 Nov. 2019 Erin Koegel’s view from the front of her Spring Lake Park home is hardly picturesque. Nick Ferraro, Twin Cities, "Northtown Mall wants to move its transit hub. Why neighbors of the center are objecting.," 3 Nov. 2019 The Cholla Cactus Garden, located on Pinto Basin Road at the park’s center, and Keys View (boasting sight lines to the glittering Salton Sea and beyond), farther west at the end of Keys View Road, are especially picturesque at this time. Shawnté Salabert, Outside Online, "The Ultimate Joshua Tree National Park Travel Guide," 28 Oct. 2019

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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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11 Feb 2020

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“Picturesque.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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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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