- 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 picturesque
One Street Museum is dedicated to the picturesque old Kiev street called Andriyivskyy Descent, on which it is situated.The Ukrainian Face Collector Launches an Exhibition in Kiev
August 21, 2014
Later, we hiked up a picturesque trail to the Dovbush rocks, which are a sort of local Stonehenge.For Ukrainians on Holiday, the Carpathians Are the New Crimea
July 14, 2014
But the area is also an unexplored region of picturesque villages and surprising flavors.The Road to Cinco de Mayo
May 5, 2014
His social snapshots reveal the unhappy repercussions of tyranny and poverty in a picturesque Africa.Saatchi Resurrects Ancient Pangaea with Show Featuring South American and African Artists
April 4, 2014
A week later Gill, 32, was taking a break in the Lake District, a picturesque sweep of mountains outside Manchester.How to Hustle Your Way to the Oscars
February 15, 2014
A most picturesque little place is this, seen from the railway.The Roof of France
The village was picturesque, in the variety of its edifices, though all were rude.The Village Uncle (From "Twice Told Tales")
The revulsion accentuated her enjoyment of the picturesque aspects of the scene.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
It's just the picturesque dignity of the costume, and the pose, perhaps.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
It is no merit to be picturesque—I have greater merits, perhaps—but I may be, by an accident.Little Dorrit
- 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 picturesque
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.