from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of or involving clever rogues or adventurers.
- adj. Of or relating to a genre of usually satiric prose fiction originating in Spain and depicting in realistic, often humorous detail the adventures of a roguish hero of low social degree living by his or her wits in a corrupt society.
- n. One that is picaresque.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of or pertaining to rogues or adventurers
- adj. Characteristic of a genre of Spanish satiric novel dealing with the adventures of a roguish hero
- n. A picaresque novel.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Applied to that class of literature in which the principal personage is the Spanish picaro, meaning a rascal, a knave, a rogue, an adventurer.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to or dealing with rogues or picaroons: said of literary productions that deal with the fortunes of rogues or adventurers, and especially of works in Spanish literature about the beginning of the seventeenth century, of which “Guzman de Alfarache” was a type.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. involving clever rogues or adventurers especially as in a type of fiction
French, from Spanish picaresco, from pícaro, picaro; see picaro.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French, from Spanish picaresco, from pícaro ("rogue"). (Wiktionary)