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

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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


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



1530s, "pertaining to the earliest period, primitive, ancient," from Middle French pristin or directly from Latin pristinus "former, early, original," from Old Latin pri "before" (see prime (adj.)). Meaning "unspoiled, untouched, pure" is from 1899 (implied in a use of pristinely) but according to OED 2nd ed. print still regarded as ignorant "by many educated speakers."

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