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picturesque

beautiful or striking as in a picture: a picturesque scene; strikingly graphic; vivid: picturesque speech
Not to be confused with:
picaresque – a style of fiction dealing with the episodic adventures of rogues; pertaining to or resembling rogues

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 ?
This was a subject which ensured Marianne's attention, and she was beginning to describe her own admiration of these scenes, and to question him more minutely on the objects that had particularly struck him, when Edward interrupted her by saying, "You must not enquire too far, Marianne--remember I have no knowledge in the picturesque, and I shall offend you by my ignorance and want of taste if we come to particulars.
We passed through a range of wild, picturesque hills, steep, wooded, cone-shaped, with rugged crags projecting here and there, and with dwellings and ruinous castles perched away up toward the drifting clouds.
Painters are fond of representing banditti at their rude and picturesque carousels; but here were groups, still more rude and picturesque; and it needed but a sudden onset of Blackfeet, and a quick transition from a fantastic revel to a furious melee, to have rendered this picture of a trapper's life complete.
Hesiod's charm lies in his child-like and sincere naivete, in his unaffected interest in and picturesque view of nature and all that happens in nature.
The RATHHAUS, or municipal building, is of the quaintest and most picturesque Middle-Age architecture.
There is no order more noisily given or taken up with lustier shouts on board a homeward-bound merchant ship than the command, "Man the windlass!" The rush of expectant men out of the forecastle, the snatching of hand-spikes, the tramp of feet, the clink of the pawls, make a stirring accompaniment to a plaintive up-anchor song with a roaring chorus; and this burst of noisy activity from a whole ship's crew seems like a voiceful awakening of the ship herself, till then, in the picturesque phrase of Dutch seamen, "lying asleep upon her iron."
Some of them were just like the peasants at home or those I saw coming through France and Germany, with short jackets, and round hats, and home-made trousers; but others were very picturesque.
They live only in the Boulevard Haussman, which is less picturesque; but in spite of this they have a great deal of the Balzac tone.
It was a very good article, vaguely biographical, for no one knew much of Cronshaw's early life, but delicate, tender, and picturesque. Leonard Upjohn in his intricate style drew graceful little pictures of Cronshaw in the Latin Quarter, talking, writing poetry: Cronshaw became a picturesque figure, an English Verlaine; and Leonard Upjohn's coloured phrases took on a tremulous dignity, a more pathetic grandiloquence, as he described the sordid end, the shabby little room in Soho; and, with a reticence which was wholly charming and suggested a much greater generosity than modesty allowed him to state, the efforts he made to transport the Poet to some cottage embowered with honeysuckle amid a flowering orchard.
From Wallingford up to Dorchester the neighbourhood of the river grows more hilly, varied, and picturesque. Dorchester stands half a mile from the river.
And I think that was the vision that had remained with him always, dazzling his eyes so that he could not see the truth; and notwithstanding the brutality of fact, he continued to see with the eyes of the spirit an Italy of romantic brigands and picturesque ruins.
Green, reedy swamps; fields fertile but flat, cultivated in patches that made them look like magnified kitchen-gardens; belts of cut trees, formal as pollard willows, skirting the horizon; narrow canals, gliding slow by the road-side; painted Flemish farmhouses; some very dirty hovels; a gray, dead sky; wet road, wet fields, wet house-tops: not a beautiful, scarcely a picturesque object met my eye along the whole route; yet to me, all was beautiful, all was more than picturesque.