Definition of pristine in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈprɪstiːn/


1In its original condition; unspoilt: pristine copies of an early magazine
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  • Sad to report, it was sold in its original box, its pristine condition signalling that it had never been opened.
  • Needless to say, the vehicle was not in its original pristine condition upon its return.
  • It has been kept in pristine condition in recent years thanks to the diligent work of the local graveyard committee.
1.1Clean and fresh as if new; spotless: a pristine white shirt
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  • It's a hopeful sign if their wardrobes contain a pristine row of white shirts, or monochrome cashmere.
  • What started as a pristine white shirt on Thursday morning was now really grimy.
  • His face and once pristine white school shirt were drenched in blood.
immaculate, in perfect condition, perfect, in mint condition, as new, unspoilt, spotless, flawless, clean, fresh, new, virgin, pure, unused;
unmarked, unblemished, untarnished, untouched, unsullied, undefiled



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  • The symbolism is undeniable - one constantly is reminded of the seething mass of emotional turmoil that inevitably follows the delights of the bedroom and lurks beneath even the most pristinely impeccable marriages.
  • Most of the martyrs entombed at the site died in the Korean struggle against Japanese occupation prior to 1945, and are honoured with an immense, pristinely maintained cemetery.
  • The next thing I knew I was seated - uncomfortably - on the saddle of an exercise bike in a pristinely tidy, white room with a futon and velux windows, a wet sock in my hand.


Mid 16th century (in the sense 'original, former, primitive and undeveloped'): from Latin pristinus 'former'. The senses 'unspoilt' and 'spotless' date from the 1920s.

Words that rhyme with pristine

Christine, Sistine

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Line breaks: pris|tine

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