di·​ora·​ma | \ ˌdī-ə-ˈra-mə How to pronounce diorama (audio) , -ˈrä- How to pronounce diorama (audio) \

Definition of diorama

1 : a scenic representation in which a partly translucent painting is seen from a distance through an opening
2a : a scenic representation in which sculptured figures and lifelike details are displayed usually in miniature so as to blend indistinguishably with a realistic painted background
b : a life-size exhibit (as of a wildlife specimen or scene) with realistic natural surroundings and a painted background

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dioramic \ ˌdī-​ə-​ˈra-​mik How to pronounce dioramic (audio) , -​ˈrä-​ \ adjective

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Or combine art and function with this illuminated diorama. Ann Lien, House Beautiful, "You Can Pose This Awesome Robot Lamp in All Kinds of Ways," 8 Apr. 2019 Created by Simon Strauss and fully funded by a Kickstarter campaign, this insanely intricate diorama lamp is the revamp your bedside table (or any table, really) needs. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "This Paper Diorama Lamp Is Exactly What You Need to Lighten Up Your Home," 21 Feb. 2019 Not just in terms of his idiosyncratic approach to soundtracks, or those gorgeous sets that resemble exquisite, meticulous dioramas. Colin Covert, idahostatesman, "Wes Anderson’s animated ‘Isle of Dogs’ is a delight with bite | Idaho Statesman," 12 Apr. 2018 Now in its ninth year, creative types are urged to use the marshmallow treats as characters to recreate scenes and famed landscapes for artwork dioramas displayed in the entrance lobby of the VU Chapel for judging. Philip Potempa, Post-Tribune, "This sugary 'Peeps Show' enjoys a faithful following," 4 Apr. 2018 Quinn tells Meah about all the tricks the old preparators used on the dioramas in this hall, the oldest of which date to the 1940s: marble dust for snow. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "Unseen Oceans: How the American Museum of Natural History Builds a New Exhibit," 21 June 2018 This will be the second ever showing of the diorama, and Turchyn hopes to find a permanent place to display it. Austen Erblat, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Abraham Lincoln and Gettysburg exhibit to come to Wellington Community Center during week of July 4," 19 June 2018 Other churches sponsor variations on haunted houses that portray terrifying dioramas of the pains of hell. Regina Hansen, WSJ, "The Multicultural Past of Our Commercial Halloween," 26 Oct. 2018 These eye-catching bats prove that diorama fun shouldn't be confined to inside the pumpkin. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Woman's Day, "Your Kids Will Love Making These Pumpkin Dioramas for Halloween," 16 June 2017

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First Known Use of diorama

1823, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for diorama

French, from dia- + -orama (as in panorama, from English)

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