Definition of picturesque in English:


Line breaks: pic¦tur|esque
Pronunciation: /ˌpɪktʃəˈrɛsk


1(Of a place or building) visually attractive, especially in a quaint or charming way: ruined abbeys and picturesque villages
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  • Wiltshire is home to some of the most picturesque towns and villages in the country, often attracting filmmakers to the county.
  • Properties in the village range from picturesque cottages and council houses to large private homes.
  • People like Austrian resorts for their village atmosphere and picturesque settings.
attractive, pretty, beautiful, lovely, scenic, charming, quaint, pleasing, delightful, romantic
1.1(Of language) unusual and vivid: the salad has no regional or picturesque name
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  • Volume I is a normal book, describing in picturesque language the history of the cheese made at Tillamook.
  • It's the pub's picturesque name for a tasting of five obscure or lesser-known wines.
  • As we go back in history, language becomes more picturesque.
vivid, graphic, colourful, impressive, striking


early 18th century: from French pittoresque, from Italian pittoresco, from pittore 'painter' (from Latin pictor). The change from -tt- to -ct- was due to association with picture.



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  • His open-ended naturalistic renditions of nature are the product of the mind of this philosopher-artist who layers paint more thoughtfully than picturesquely, and more emotionally than rationally.
  • As with much of Austria, the town is picturesquely set against mountains and ripe with street cafes and surrounding areas that look like something out of the movie Heidi.
  • These sturdy wooden boats mingle picturesquely alongside the quay, while they are relieved of their morning's catch or stocked with sacks of spices.


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  • Sydney Harbour on a sunny day really does warrant full marks for picturesqueness.
  • But the letter of 17 December is most interesting for its comparison of Naples and Rome, with Rome faring much the worse in terms of its street music: ‘there is absolutely no picturesqueness in the common life of the people.
  • In joyous picturesqueness and fellow-feeling, freedom of eye and heart, or to say it in a word, in general healthiness of mind, these Novels prove Scott to have been amongst the foremost writers.

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