adjective Etymology: French & Italian; French pittoresque, from Italian pittoresco, from pittore painter, from Latin pictor, from pingere Date: 1703 1. a. resembling a picture ; suggesting a painted scene b. charming or quaint in appearance 2. evoking mental images ; vivid Synonyms: see graphicpicturesquely adverbpicturesqueness noun

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