Definition of pristine in English:

pristine

adjective

  • 1In its original condition; unspoilt.

    ‘pristine copies of an early magazine’
    • ‘Sad to report, it was sold in its original box, its pristine condition signalling that it had never been opened.’
    • ‘Salt water and alcohol were used to restore them to the sparkling, pristine condition in which they can now be seen.’
    • ‘My teeth are in good condition, pristine for a Glasgwegian, my dentist says.’
    • ‘I just kept the wonderful black and gold address book in its pristine condition as a souvenir.’
    • ‘At least if they remain in pristine condition, they may have a resale value to collectors in about 50 years' time.’
    • ‘He is that indecent thing, a man whose dreams not only came true ludicrously early but remain in pristine condition.’
    • ‘Mr Minningham said that the bottle was in pristine condition, having been removed only once from its commemorative box.’
    • ‘While you may come across a 17th century object in pristine condition, the odds are against it.’
    • ‘The barge itself was in pristine condition enhanced by being in full sail.’
    • ‘It has been kept in pristine condition in recent years thanks to the diligent work of the local graveyard committee.’
    • ‘Needless to say, the vehicle was not in its original pristine condition upon its return.’
    • ‘Remember that land once built on can never be restored to its pristine condition.’
    • ‘These factors have helped to preserve the reefs and they remain in pristine condition.’
    • ‘The pitch is in pristine condition and it was a thrill for both teams to be able to play good hurling on such a good surface.’
    • ‘What I do know is that Muirfield is in pristine condition and has been beautifully presented.’
    • ‘In addition the Town Council also ensured that the cemetery was in pristine condition.’
    • ‘Many of these shallower coral reefs are in pristine condition.’
    • ‘The pristine condition of these seals indicates that they were never actually used.’
    • ‘The interiors of the church remain the same and have been maintained in pristine condition.’
    • ‘However, the figures must be in pristine condition - the soft chalk chips easily and it is too expensive to restore.’
    1. 1.1 Clean and fresh as if new; spotless.
      ‘a pristine white shirt’
      • ‘His face and once pristine white school shirt were drenched in blood.’
      • ‘He never had black circles under his eyes, nary a spot, and the white coat was always pristine and uncrumpled.’
      • ‘Her eyes roamed over the coloured marker defacing the formerly pristine white walls.’
      • ‘Since it was out of the way of the dust, debris and workmen, it allowed Heidi to keep her hair and dress in pristine condition.’
      • ‘The walls were white and actually quite pristine - Reuben had never seen such clean walls before.’
      • ‘Jasmine returned her gaze toward the pristine white of the table cloth, her heart in her shoes.’
      • ‘Harrington was out early in the morning when the greens were in pristine condition.’
      • ‘Her normally pristine white hair was matted and stringy and streaked with gray.’
      • ‘What started as a pristine white shirt on Thursday morning was now really grimy.’
      • ‘His whites are pristine despite seven hours of food preparation.’
      • ‘He has been responsible for the pristine condition of the Liffeyside Park.’
      • ‘Clean bars of soap, pristine white seats and a little hook to hang up your bag and jacket.’
      • ‘The streets might not be pristine clean but they are a lot better than they used to be.’
      • ‘All the defendants were dressed identically in grey jogging trousers and pristine white T-shirts or jumpers.’
      • ‘As the morning passed the bags began to fill and the roadsides were returned to their pristine condition once more.’
      • ‘Really, however, it's up to us and our visitors to keep the beaches in pristine condition.’
      • ‘The quiet, unobtrusive Scot has gone about his task of having the course in pristine condition.’
      • ‘It's a hopeful sign if their wardrobes contain a pristine row of white shirts, or monochrome cashmere.’
      • ‘With its pristine white walls and hardwood floors, I was very envious of him and his place.’
      • ‘Not fraud, exactly, but neither is it pukka science deserving of that pristine white coat.’
      immaculate, in perfect condition, perfect, in mint condition, as new, unspoilt, spotless, flawless, clean, fresh, new, virgin, pure, unused
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Origin

Mid 16th century (in the sense ‘original, former, primitive and undeveloped’): from Latin pristinus ‘former’. The senses ‘unspoilt’ and ‘spotless’ date from the 1920s.

Pronunciation

pristine

/ˈprɪstʌɪn//ˈprɪstiːn/