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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Other Words from diorama

dioramic \ -​ˈra-​mik How to pronounce dioramic (audio) \ adjective

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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 The grand diorama under-scored that inside that historic hall on the Champs-Elysées Lagerfeld is both couturier and auteur, master of the mise-en-scène. Erik Maza, Town & Country, "Chanel Sets Sail for New York City," 15 Nov. 2018 Soon, Katherine and her younger brother Joseph were making a diorama out of a pizza box, using tiny dolls to represent an African family living in a hut. Kathy Boccella, Philly.com, "Downingtown girl who raised millions for malaria nets treated as hero in Taiwan," 30 June 2018 Hogancamp built a miniature World War II era diorama called Marwencol, which is also the name of the award-winning 2010 documentary and 2015 book about his story. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "The Trailer for Steve Carell’s New Movie ‘Welcome to Marwen’ Is Making People Sob," 25 July 2018 Inside each box is a diorama, one that conveys a scene that makes these puzzle boxes into little adventure games. Michael Moore, The Verge, "Gnog turns puzzle boxes into fun dioramas," 5 Aug. 2018

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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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