picturesque

[ pik-chuh-resk ]
/ ˌpɪk tʃəˈrɛsk /

adjective

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.

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Origin of picturesque

1695–1705; < French pittoresque < Italian pittoresco (pittor(e) painter1 + -esco -esque), with assimilation to picture

SYNONYMS FOR picturesque

2 Picturesque, graphic, vivid apply to descriptions that produce a strong, especially a visual, impression. Picturesque is a less precise term than the other two. A picturesque account, though striking and interesting, may be inaccurate or may reflect personal ideas: He called the landscape picturesque. A graphic account is more objective and factual: it produces a clear, definite impression, and carries conviction. A vivid account is told with liveliness and intenseness; the description is so interesting, or even exciting, that the reader or hearer may be emotionally stirred.

OTHER WORDS FROM picturesque

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH picturesque

picaresque picturesque
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British Dictionary definitions for picturesquely

picturesque
/ (ˌpɪktʃəˈrɛsk) /

adjective

visually pleasing, esp in being striking or vivida picturesque view
having a striking or colourful character, nature, etc
(of language) graphic; vivid

Derived forms of picturesque

picturesquely, adverbpicturesqueness, noun

Word Origin for picturesque

C18: from French pittoresque (but also influenced by picture), from Italian pittoresco, from pittore painter, from Latin pictor
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