Definition of pristine in English:


Line breaks: pris|tine
Pronunciation: /ˈprɪstiːn
, -stʌɪn/


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.


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



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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.

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