Definition of picaresque in English:

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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'.

Words that rhyme with picaresque

arabesque, burlesque, Dantesque, desk, grotesque, humoresque, Junoesque, Kafkaesque, Moresque, picturesque, plateresque, Pythonesque, Romanesque, sculpturesque, statuesque

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