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
1695–1705; < Frenchpittoresque < Italianpittoresco (pittor(e) painter1 + -esco-esque), with assimilation to picture
Related formspic·tur·esque·ly, adverbpic·tur·esque·ness, nounun·pic·tur·esque, adjectiveun·pic·tur·esque·ly, adverbun·pic·tur·esque·ness, nounCan be confusedpicaresquepicturesque
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.
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.