- 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 picturesqueness
It was roomy, cool, and comfortable, with a picturesqueness all its own.Louisiana Lou
William West Winter
The picturesqueness of this scene has been remarked by many writers.The Siege of Boston
What they did was greatly to further the picturesqueness and joy of life.The Legacy of Greece
The ill-temper had lost its picturesqueness, and become worse than grotesque.Kept in the Dark
The picturesqueness of the place and people were only equalled by the stinks.Memoirs
Charles Godfrey Leland
- 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 picturesqueness
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.