1. Of, suggesting, or suitable for a picture: picturesque rocky shores.
2. Striking or interesting in an unusual way; irregularly or quaintly attractive: a picturesque French café.
3. Strikingly expressive or vivid: picturesque language.
[Alteration of French pittoresque, from Italian pittoresco, from pittore, painter, from Latin pictor; see PICTOR.]
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