Definition of picaresque in English:


Line breaks: pic¦ar|esque
Pronunciation: /ˌpɪkəˈrɛsk


Relating to an episodic style of fiction dealing with the adventures of a rough and dishonest but appealing hero: a picaresque adventure novel (as plural noun the picaresque) canonical forms of European literature such as the picaresque
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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, from pícaro 'rogue'.

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