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pic·tur·esque

 (pĭk′chə-rĕsk′)
adj.
1. Of, suggesting, or suitable for a picture: picturesque rocky shores.
2. Striking or interesting in an unusual way; irregularly or quaintly attractive: a picturesque French café.
3. Strikingly expressive or vivid: picturesque language.

[Alteration of French pittoresque, from Italian pittoresco, from pittore, painter, from Latin pictor; see Pictor.]

pic′tur·esque′ly adv.
pic′tur·esque′ness n.

picturesque

(ˌpɪktʃəˈrɛsk)
adj
1. visually pleasing, esp in being striking or vivid: a picturesque view.
2. having a striking or colourful character, nature, etc
3. (of language) graphic; vivid
[C18: from French pittoresque (but also influenced by picture), from Italian pittoresco, from pittore painter, from Latin pictor]
ˌpicturˈesquely adv
ˌpicturˈesqueness n

pic•tur•esque

(ˌpɪk tʃəˈrɛsk)

adj.
1. visually charming or quaint, as if resembling or suitable for a painting: a picturesque village.
2. (of writing, speech, etc.) strikingly graphic or vivid.
3. having pleasing or interesting qualities; strikingly effective in appearance.
[1695–1705; < French pittoresque < Italian pittoresco (pittor(e) painter1 + -esco -esque), with assimilation to picture]
pic`tur•esque′ly, adv.

picturesque

- Based on Italian pittore, "painter," its original meaning was "in the style of a painter."
See also related terms for painter.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.picturesque - suggesting or suitable for a picture; pretty as a picture; "a picturesque village"
beautiful - delighting the senses or exciting intellectual or emotional admiration; "a beautiful child"; "beautiful country"; "a beautiful painting"; "a beautiful theory"; "a beautiful party"
2.picturesque - strikingly expressive; "a picturesque description of the rainforest"
colourful, colorful - striking in variety and interest; "a colorful period of history"; "a colorful character"; "colorful language"

picturesque

adjective
1. interesting, pretty, beautiful, attractive, charming, scenic, quaint the Algarve's most picturesque village
interesting everyday, commonplace, unattractive, uninteresting, inartistic
2. vivid, striking, graphic, colourful, memorable Every inn had a quaint and picturesque name.
vivid dull, drab

picturesque

adjective
1. Evoking strong mental images through distinctiveness:
2. Described verbally in sharp and accurate detail:
Translations
رَائِعرائِع، بَديع، تَصويري
malebnýpitoreskní
maleriskpittoresk
maalauksellinenpittoreski
pittoresquepittoresco
slikovit
festőipittoreszk
myndrænn; litríkur
絵のように美しい
그림같은
vaizdingasvaizdingumas
gleznains
pitoresc
pittoresk
สวยงดงาม
nên thơ

picturesque

[ˌpɪktʃəˈresk] ADJ (= quaint) [village] → pintoresco; [name, title] → pintoresco, peculiar; (= vivid) [language] → expresivo, vívido

picturesque

[ˌpɪktʃəˈrɛsk] adjpittoresquepicture window nbaie f vitrée, fenêtre f panoramique

picturesque

adjmalerisch, pittoresk (geh); (fig) descriptionanschaulich, bildhaft

picturesque

[ˌpɪktʃəˈrɛsk] adjpittoresco/a

picturesque

(piktʃəˈresk) adjective
(of places) pretty and interesting. a picturesque village.
ˌpictuˈresquely adverb
ˌpictuˈresqueness noun

picturesque

رَائِع malebný malerisk malerisch γραφικός pintoresco maalauksellinen pittoresque slikovit pittoresco 絵のように美しい 그림같은 schilderachtig malerisk malowniczy pitoresco живописный pittoresk สวยงดงาม resmedilmeye değer nên thơ 如画般的
References in classic literature ?
Amy had a bower in hers, rather small and earwiggy, but very pretty to look at, with honeysuckle and morning-glories hanging their colored horns and bells in graceful wreaths all over it, tall white lilies, delicate ferns, and as many brilliant, picturesque plants as would consent to blossom there.
It was a large, beautiful room, rich and picturesque in the soft, dim light which the maid had turned low.
The hunting-shirt is a picturesque smock-frock, being shorter, and ornamented with fringes and tassels.
It was so feeble and inconsistent a culmination to the beautiful scenery they had passed through, so hopeless and imbecile a conclusion to the preparation of that long picturesque journey, with its glimpses of sylvan and pastoral glades and canyons, that, as the coach swept down the last incline, and the remorseless monotony of the dead level spread out before them, furrowed by ditches and indented by pits, under cover of shielding their cheeks from the impalpable dust that rose beneath the plunging wheels, they buried their faces in their handkerchiefs, to hide a few half-hysterical tears.
There is one other feature, very essential to be noticed, but which, we greatly fear, may damage any picturesque and romantic impression which we have been willing to throw over our sketch of this respectable edifice.
Indeed, so far as its physical aspect is concerned, with its flat, unvaried surface, covered chiefly with wooden houses, few or none of which pretend to architectural beauty -- its irregularity, which is neither picturesque nor quaint, but only tame -- its long and lazy street, lounging wearisomely through the whole extent of be peninsula, with Gallows Hill and New Guinea at one end, and a view of the alms-house at the other -- such being the features of my native town, it would be quite as reasonable to form a sentimental attachment to a disarranged checker-board.
The Narwhale has a very picturesque, leopard-like look, being of a milk-white ground color, dotted with round and oblong spots of black.
Savory morsels of ham, golden blocks of corn-cake, fragments of pie of every conceivable mathematical figure, chicken wings, gizzards, and drumsticks, all appeared in picturesque confusion; and Sam, as monarch of all he surveyed, sat with his palm-leaf cocked rejoicingly to one side, and patronizing Andy at his right hand.
THEY were always having grand tournaments there at Camelot; and very stirring and picturesque and ridiculous human bull-fights they were, too, but just a little wearisome to the practical mind.
The Castle looks down upon the compact brown-roofed town; and from the town two picturesque old bridges span the river.
He was unkempt, uncombed, and clad in the same old ruin of rags that had made him picturesque in the days when he was free and happy.
Ten minutes later, Adam Ladd, who had just arrived from Portland and was wending his way to the church, came suddenly into the main street and stopped short under a tree by the wayside, riveted to the spot by a scene of picturesque loveliness such as his eyes had seldom witnessed before.