Definition of picaresque in English:


Syllabification: pic·a·resque
Pronunciation: /ˌpikəˈresk


  • Of or relating to an episodic style of fiction dealing with the adventures of a rough and dishonest but appealing hero: a rowdy, picaresque "guys being guys" movie
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    • Part science fiction, part picaresque, and part burlesque, its alphabetized entries gesture provocatively, giving glimpses of their source's unattainable body.
    • Besides creating a literary genre, the picaresque novel, the book is like a mural depicting a society and an era.
    • Juan's picaresque adventures in a wide variety of European contexts see him constantly dealing with disappointment and disillusionment.


early 19th century: from French, from Spanish picaresco. See picaro.

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