from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of, suggesting, or suitable for a picture: picturesque rocky shores.
- adj. Striking or interesting in an unusual way; irregularly or quaintly attractive: a picturesque French café.
- adj. Strikingly expressive or vivid: picturesque language.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Resembling or worthy of a picture or painting; having the qualities of a picture or painting. scenic
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Forming, or fitted to form, a good or pleasing picture; representing with the clearness or ideal beauty appropriate to a picture; expressing that peculiar kind of beauty which is agreeable in a picture, natural or artificial; graphic; vivid
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Picture-like; possessing notably original and pleasing qualities such as would be effective in a picture; forming or fitted to form an interesting or striking picture, as a mountain waterfall, or a pine-covered headland, or a gay costume amid appropriate surroundings.
- Strikingly graphic or vivid; abounding or diversified with striking and vivid imagery: as, picturesque language.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. strikingly expressive
- adj. suggesting or suitable for a picture; pretty as a picture
Alteration of French pittoresque, from Italian pittoresco, from pittore, painter, from Latin pictor; see Pictor.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
picture + -esque, from Italian pittoresco, from pittura ("a picture, painting"); see picture. (Wiktionary)