from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Remaining in a pure state; uncorrupted by civilization.
  • adj. Remaining free from dirt or decay; clean: pristine mountain snow.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or typical of the earliest time or condition; primitive or original.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Unspoiled; still with its original purity; uncorrupted or unsullied
  • adj. Primitive, pertaining to the earliest state of something
  • adj. Relating to sawfishes of the family Pristidae.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Belonging to the earliest period or state; original; primitive; primeval

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or belonging to a primitive or early state or period; original; primitive: as, pristine innocence; the pristine manners of a people.
  • Synonyms Primitive, etc. See primary.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. immaculately clean and unused
  • adj. completely free from dirt or contamination


Latin prīstinus; see per1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French pristin. (Wiktionary)
From Ancient Greek πρίστης (pristēs, "a saw, one that saws") (Wiktionary)


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