- having its original purity; uncorrupted or unsullied.
- of or relating to the earliest period or state; primitive.
Origin of pristine
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Examples from the Web for pristine
The grand prize is a pristine white Fiat Panda 4X4 – with full options.Pope Francis Raffles Off His Swag to Help the Poor
Barbie Latza Nadeau
November 18, 2014
Today the Stanley is in pristine shape after another series of renovations were completed in 2013.How to Save Silent Movies: Inside New Jersey’s Cinema Paradiso
October 2, 2014
There are still places in the sea as pristine as I knew as a child.‘Mission Blue’ Warning: The Ocean Is Not Too Big to Fail
Sylvia A. Earle
August 15, 2014
There are always examples of degradation, but there are very few examples of ecosystems left that are that pristine.Republicans: Obama’s Ocean Protection Plan Evidence of ‘Imperial Presidency’
June 23, 2014
Beauty is often pristine, Harding says, while the word “gorgeous” contains more the idea of extremes and can include decay.Hello, ‘Gorgeous’: Grit and Glamour In San Francisco
June 20, 2014
It will need the air of heaven to revive its pristine energies.Buds and Bird Voices (From "Mosses From An Old Manse")
With their pristine colors, and fill them with light and with movement.Poems
William D. Howells
But the Burschenschaft in its pristine glory could not so long continue.
She eats it, and immediately her love for Ivan returns in all its pristine force.Russian Fairy Tales
W. R. S. Ralston
These artists were men alone, touched with the pristine significance of nature.Adventures in the Arts
- of or involving the earliest period, state, etc; original
- pure; uncorrupted
- fresh, clean, and unspoiledhis pristine new car
Word Origin and History for pristine
1530s, "pertaining to the earliest period, primitive, ancient," from Middle French pristin or directly from Latin pristinus "former, early, original," from Old Latin pri "before" (see prime (adj.)). Meaning "unspoiled, untouched, pure" is from 1899 (implied in a use of pristinely) but according to OED 2nd ed. print still regarded as ignorant "by many educated speakers."