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[pris-teen, pri-steen; especially British pris-tahyn] /ˈprɪs tin, prɪˈstin; especially British ˈprɪs taɪn/
having its original purity; uncorrupted or unsullied.
of or relating to the earliest period or state; primitive.
Origin of pristine
1525-35; < Latin pristinus early; akin to primus prime
1. undefiled, unpolluted, untouched. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for pristine
  • He was amazed at what people talked about and what they didn't, how clean their fingernails were, how pristine their routines.
  • Snow should be pristine and sparkly.
  • Some of this steppe ecoregion is in pristine condition, although most of the meadowed steppes are now used for agriculture.
  • Cooled further and cut, pristine glass is very strong.
  • Harry had his own room with a closet that was pristine and beige.
  • This longtime couple sits on a big chunk of pristine wilderness and works hard to protect other areas.
  • In fact, what seems pristine has itself been shaped by humans.
  • The beach is pristine, uncrowded, and the water is turquoise.
  • The imported ice, on the other hand, was pristine.
  • So the well has the appearance of a pristine pond surrounded by cliffs.
British Dictionary definitions for pristine


/ˈprɪstaɪn; -tiːn/
of or involving the earliest period, state, etc; original
pure; uncorrupted
fresh, clean, and unspoiled: his pristine new car
Usage note
The use of pristine to mean fresh, clean, and unspoiled is considered by some people to be incorrect
Word Origin
C15: from Latin pristinus primitive; related to prīmus first, prime
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Word Origin and History for pristine

1530s, "pertaining to the earliest period, primitive, ancient," from Middle French pristin or directly from Latin pristinus "former, early, original," from Old Latin pri "before" (see prime (adj.)). Meaning "unspoiled, untouched, pure" is from 1899 (implied in a use of pristinely) but according to OED 2nd ed. print still regarded as ignorant "by many educated speakers."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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