Meaning of “picturesque” in the English Dictionary

"picturesque" in British English

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picturesqueadjective

uk /ˌpɪk.tʃərˈesk/ us /ˌpɪk.tʃərˈesk/

B2 (especially of a place) attractive in appearance, especially in an old-fashioned way:

the picturesque narrow streets of the old city

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  • It was a pretty town with a picturesque harbour and well-preserved buildings.
  • The town itself is not especially picturesque.
  • She lives in a very picturesque village in Suffolk.
  • This part of the town is especially picturesque.
  • The countryside in this region is very picturesque.
picturesquely
adverb uk /ˌpɪk.tʃərˈesk.li/ us /ˌpɪk.tʃərˈesk.li/
picturesqueness
noun [ U ] uk /ˌpɪk.tʃərˈesk.nəs/ us /ˌpɪk.tʃərˈesk.nəs/

(Definition of “picturesque” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"picturesque" in American English

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picturesqueadjective

us /ˌpɪk·tʃəˈresk/

(esp. of a place) attractive in appearance:

We strolled through the picturesque streets of the old city.

(Definition of “picturesque” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)