Definition of picturesque adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌpɪktʃəˈresk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌpɪktʃəˈresk//
    How a building looks
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  1. 1(of a place, building, scene, etc.) pretty, especially in a way that looks old-fashioned synonym quaint a picturesque cottage/setting/village See related entries: How a building looks
  2. 2(of language) producing strong mental images by using unusual words a picturesque description of life at sea
  3. Word Originearly 18th cent.: from French pittoresque, from Italian pittoresco, from pittore ‘painter’ (from Latin pictor). The change from -tt- to -ct- was due to association with picture.
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