Definition of picturesque in English:



  • 1(of a place or building) visually attractive, especially in a quaint or charming way.

    ‘ruined abbeys and picturesque villages’
    • ‘This has to be one of the most picturesque places in Glasgow to read the weekend papers over a long lunch.’
    • ‘The couple's home, which stands in the centre of the picturesque village, is in the same state as it was almost a year ago.’
    • ‘The village, while it makes a nice picturesque background, is not deeply important.’
    • ‘The basin at Canal Head should be a wonderful addition to an already picturesque place.’
    • ‘Fire crews feared the worst as a blaze gutted two picturesque cottages in a Cotswold village.’
    • ‘The town has a picturesque harbour where humble and luxurious yachts rub shoulders.’
    • ‘We villagers of Dundrum are extremely lucky to live in such a picturesque place in an area of outstanding beauty.’
    • ‘And she has also called for harsher penalties for litter louts who mar the city's picturesque streets.’
    • ‘Properties in the village range from picturesque cottages and council houses to large private homes.’
    • ‘Wiltshire is home to some of the most picturesque towns and villages in the country, often attracting filmmakers to the county.’
    • ‘Longchamp is a very picturesque place and Paris has that romantic aura about it.’
    • ‘Before we left this picturesque place, we took a photo of the kind family we had lodged with.’
    • ‘One of the additional benefits of rowing is that the action usually takes place at picturesque locations, such as lochs and canals.’
    • ‘Halifax, surprisingly, had quite an array of picturesque buildings.’
    • ‘They enjoy the picturesque location of the Embassy as well as look forward to home cooked Indian food.’
    • ‘South Yorkshire is one of the most picturesque places in the country.’
    • ‘We don't go to Scotland for the weather but when it's like this it is simply the most picturesque place on the planet that I have seen.’
    • ‘There's a shop in the picturesque village that attracts visitors from all over the country.’
    • ‘People like Austrian resorts for their village atmosphere and picturesque settings.’
    • ‘The picturesque building was neat as a pin, despite being a working farm with Jersey cows and goats.’
    attractive, pretty, beautiful, lovely, scenic, charming, quaint, pleasing, delightful, romantic
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    1. 1.1 (of language) unusual and vivid.
      ‘the salad has no regional or picturesque name’
      • ‘It's the pub's picturesque name for a tasting of five obscure or lesser-known wines.’
      • ‘As we go back in history, language becomes more picturesque.’
      • ‘The author's energetic, often tongue-in-cheek prose style, together with his ability to blend roguish satire, pathos, and picturesque description, had a profound influence upon the popular culture of his day.’
      • ‘Volume I is a normal book, describing in picturesque language the history of the cheese made at Tillamook.’
      • ‘It is to the explanation of the historical origins of that picturesque language that this essay addresses itself.’
      vivid, graphic, colourful, impressive, striking
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Early 18th century: from French pittoresque, from Italian pittoresco, from pittore ‘painter’ (from Latin pictor). The change from -tt- to -ct- was due to association with picture.