Adjective "picturesque" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


(of a place or building) visually attractive, especially in a quaint or charming way.
  1. 'Before we left this picturesque place, we took a photo of the kind family we had lodged with.'
  2. 'This has to be one of the most picturesque places in Glasgow to read the weekend papers over a long lunch.'
  3. 'The village, while it makes a nice picturesque background, is not deeply important.'
  4. 'We villagers of Dundrum are extremely lucky to live in such a picturesque place in an area of outstanding beauty.'
  5. '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.'
  6. 'Wiltshire is home to some of the most picturesque towns and villages in the country, often attracting filmmakers to the county.'
  7. 'One of the additional benefits of rowing is that the action usually takes place at picturesque locations, such as lochs and canals.'
  8. 'South Yorkshire is one of the most picturesque places in the country.'
  9. 'The town has a picturesque harbour where humble and luxurious yachts rub shoulders.'
  10. 'Halifax, surprisingly, had quite an array of picturesque buildings.'
  11. 'the salad has no regional or picturesque name'
  12. 'It's the pub's picturesque name for a tasting of five obscure or lesser-known wines.'
  13. 'As we go back in history, language becomes more picturesque.'


1. visually charming or quaint, as if resembling or suitable for a painting: a picturesque fishing village.

2. (of writing, speech, etc.) strikingly graphic or vivid; creating detailed mental images: a picturesque description of the Brazilian jungle.

3. having pleasing or interesting qualities; strikingly effective in appearance: a picturesque hat.

More examples(as adjective)

"villages can be picturesque with windows."

"villages can be picturesque with houses."

"villages can be picturesque with doors."

"pubs can be picturesque with beams."

"bolognas can be picturesque with squares."

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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.