noun \sə-ˈner-ē-ˌō, US also and especially British -ˈnär-\

: a description of what could possibly happen

: a written description of a play, movie, opera, etc.

plural sce·nar·i·os

Full Definition of SCENARIO

a :  an outline or synopsis of a play; especially :  a plot outline used by actors of the commedia dell'arte
b :  the libretto of an opera
:  a sequence of events especially when imagined; especially :  an account or synopsis of a possible course of action or events <his scenario for a settlement envisages…reunification — Selig Harrison>

Examples of SCENARIO

  1. A possible scenario would be that we move to the city.
  2. The most likely scenario is that he goes back to school in the fall.
  3. The best-case scenario would be for us to finish the work by tomorrow.
  4. In the worst-case scenario, we would have to start the project all over again.

Origin of SCENARIO

Italian, from Latin scaenarium place for erecting stages, from scaena stage
First Known Use: 1875

Related to SCENARIO

Other Performing Arts Terms

diva, dramaturgy, loge, prestidigitation, proscenium, supernumerary, zany


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