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



BrE BrE//ˌpɪkəˈresk//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌpɪkəˈresk//
(formal) Describing a story
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connected with literature that describes the adventures of a person who is sometimes dishonest but easy to like a picaresque novel See related entries: Describing a story Word Originearly 19th cent.: from French, from Spanish picaresco, from pícaro ‘rogue’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: picaresque