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



    BrE BrE//ˈprɪstiːn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈprɪstiːn//
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  1. 1fresh and clean, as if new synonym immaculate The car is in pristine condition. a pristine white tablecloth See related entries: How a building looks
  2. 2not developed or changed in any way; left in its original condition synonym unspoiled pristine, pollution-free beaches
  3. Word Originmid 16th cent. (in the sense ‘original, former, primitive and undeveloped’): from Latin pristinus ‘former’. The senses ‘unspoilt’ and ‘spotless’ date from the 1920s.Extra examples The car is in pristine condition. The oil slick seems certain to blacken miles of pristine coastline. Their uniforms have to be kept pristine at all times.
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