picture + -esque, from Italian pittoresco, from pittura (“a picture, painting”); see picture.
picturesque (comparative more picturesque, superlative most picturesque)
- Resembling or worthy of a picture or painting; having the qualities of a picture or painting. scenic
- We looked down onto a beautiful, picturesque sunset over the ocean.
- 1900, Charles W. Chesnutt, The House Behind the Cedars, Chapter I,
- A two minutes' walk brought Warwick--the name he had registered under, and as we shall call him--to the market-house, the central feature of Patesville, from both the commercial and the picturesque points of view.
resembling a picture or painting