[ pris-teen, pri-steen; especially British pris-tahyn ]
/ ˈprɪs tin, prɪˈstin; especially British ˈprɪs taɪn /


having its original purity; uncorrupted or unsullied.
of or relating to the earliest period or state; primitive.

Origin of pristine

1525–35; <Latin pristinus early; akin to primusprime Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for pristine

/ (ˈprɪstaɪn, -tiːn) /


of or involving the earliest period, state, etc; original
pure; uncorrupted
fresh, clean, and unspoiledhis pristine new car

Word Origin for pristine

C15: from Latin pristinus primitive; related to prīmus first, prime

usage for pristine

The use of pristine to mean fresh, clean, and unspoiled is considered by some people to be incorrect
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