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Examples of pristine in a Sentence
My office is a mess but her office is always pristine.
He was wearing a pristine white shirt.
Recent Examples of pristine from the Web
Shaving walnuts on a Microplane allows Centeno to shade pristine baby carrots with a pesto made from their tops.
Strolling the wide, pristine boardwalk along the always-bustling Jumeirah Beach Road, a major thoroughfare that stretches from the entrance to the famed Palm Island to the Dubai Marina, every language of the world can be heard.
Until the buyer opens the box the shoes will exist as a kind of Schrodinger's Sneakers, existing in pristine, priceless, deadstock perfection and absolute unwearble uselessness at the same time.
Located on what's known as Khem Beach on a Vietnamese island, the pool backs up onto pristine white sands and aqua beaches, allowing visitors to easily migrate from the pool to the beach.
Sewell was using a Ty Cobb-model bat in the 1925 and 1926 seasons, and the Louisville Slugger is judged to be in pristine condition.
Pristine white ceramic arrives on the table filled with dozens of the whole fried anchovies, plucked straight from the water and warm from the fryer.
According to Trulia, The Real Housewife originally bought the home for $3.75 million back in 2014 and spent around $1 million renovating the estate to pristine condition.
And her hair was kept in a pristine low bun underneath.
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Did You Know?
When pristine was anglicized in the 16th century, people borrowed the meanings of "early" and "original" from the Latin word pristinus and applied those meanings to what is desirable as well as to what is not. But it has long been a tendency of civilized people to admire a simpler and unsullied past. The supposition is that when things were in their oldest or original state, they were better. Thus, pristine was extended to describe the notion of an unspoiled, uncorrupted, or unpolluted state. And what is unspoiled or uncontaminated may connote the freshness and cleanness of something that has just been made, which explains how pristine has also come to mean "fresh and clean."
Origin and Etymology of pristine
Latin pristinus; akin to Latin prior
First Known Use: 1534See Words from the same year
PRISTINE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of pristine for English Language Learners
: in perfect condition : completely clean, fresh, neat, etc.
: not changed by people : left in its natural state
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