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English definition of “picturesque”

picturesque

adjective uk   /ˌpɪk.tʃərˈesk/ us  
B2 (especially of a place) attractive in appearance, especially in an old-fashioned way: the picturesque narrow streets of the old cityAttractiveSexual attractionSmart and elegant
picturesquely
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
AttractiveSexual attractionSmart and elegant
picturesqueness
noun [U] uk   /-nəs/ us  
Beauty and attractiveness
(Definition of picturesque from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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