- visually charming or quaint, as if resembling or suitable for a painting: a picturesque fishing village.
- (of writing, speech, etc.) strikingly graphic or vivid; creating detailed mental images: a picturesque description of the Brazilian jungle.
- having pleasing or interesting qualities; strikingly effective in appearance: a picturesque hat.
Origin of picturesque
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Examples from the Web for picturesquely
"I have to put it picturesquely," said Madame Beattie, in a stately calm.The Prisoner
The partisans of Monmouth, picturesquely grouped, surrounded the Gascon.A Romance of the West Indies
Daintily and picturesquely got up, their Cards are quite full.
All were picturesquely situated and, in the distance, presented an aspect of much beauty.
There were some two hundred men in all, picturesquely garbed.An Explorer's Adventures in Tibet
A. Henry Savage Landor
- visually pleasing, esp in being striking or vivida picturesque view
- having a striking or colourful character, nature, etc
- (of language) graphic; vivid
Word Origin and History for picturesquely
1703, on pattern of French pittoresque, a loan-word from Italian pittoresco, literally "pictorial" (1660s), from pittore "painter," from Latin pictorem (nominative pictor); see painter (n.1). As a noun from 1749. Related: Picturesquely; picturesqueness.