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; < French pittoresque < Italian pittoresco (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, noun
Can be confusedpicaresque picturesque

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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for picturesqueness

Historical Examples of 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.

  • What they did was greatly to further the picturesqueness and joy of life.

  • The ill-temper had lost its picturesqueness, and become worse than grotesque.

    Kept in the Dark

    Anthony Trollope

  • The picturesqueness of the place and people were only equalled by the stinks.


    Charles Godfrey Leland

British Dictionary definitions for picturesqueness



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

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