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French, from Spanish picaresco, from pícaro (rogue).


picaresque (comparative more picaresque, superlative most picaresque)

  1. Of or pertaining to rogues or adventurers
  2. (literature) Characteristic of a genre of Spanish satiric novel dealing with the adventures of a roguish hero
    • 2009, Neil McDonald, Quadrant, November 2009, No. 461 (Volume LIII, Number 11), Quadrant Magazine Limited, page 103:
      Opening in France just before the Revolution and concluding just after the attack on the Tuileries, Sabatini's novel deftly combines historical romance, picaresque novel and revenge tragedy.

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picaresque (plural picaresques)

  1. A picaresque novel.

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