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 To celebrate their wedding anniversary, the fun-loving couple shared a cute Instagram reel of them jetsetting off to a picturesque tropical location hand-in-hand. Charli Penn, Essence, "Going Strong: A Look Back At Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker's Love Through The Years," 7 Apr. 2021 Looking for a whole-wheat version of crusty, picturesque Dutch oven bread? Washington Post, "9 recipes using whole-wheat flour, including bread, pizza dough, cookies and more," 14 Apr. 2021 Belly Up changed rapidly as a massive snowstorm blanketed the picturesque town. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Whiskey, Snowstorms & Studios: 7 Mau5trap Artists Share Their Favorite Label-Related Memories," 11 Feb. 2021 In 2013, a polyglot group of programmers and hackers, under the leadership of an eccentric fifty-three-year-old Dutchman named Xennt, moved into a Cold War-era bunker near the picturesque town of Traben-Trarbach, in the Mosel Valley. Ed Caesar, The New Yorker, "The Takedown of a Dark-Web Marketplace," 23 Jan. 2021 The picturesque French enclave has once again been crowned the most expensive area in the world to buy a home by global real estate brokerage Savills. Helena Madden, Robb Report, "Monaco Is the World’s Most Expensive Place to Buy a Home for the Fourth Year in a Row," 1 Apr. 2021 At the edge of Brooklyn, on a picturesque summer day, the five of us strode around on pedal-less bikes, trying to find our balance. Dana Heyward, Bon Appétit, "Learning to Ride a Bike Eased My Chronic Anxiety," 31 Mar. 2021 Dear Annie: My husband and I built a lovely home on a picturesque bubbling creek in the mountains. cleveland, "Dear Annie: My children think I’m just wasting money pursuing a new career," 28 Mar. 2021 Dear Annie: My husband and I built a lovely home on a picturesque bubbling creek in the mountains. Annie Lane, oregonlive, "Dear Annie: Older mom studying to be a nurse faces pushback from family," 28 Mar. 2021

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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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2 May 2021

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“Picturesque.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 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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