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

Examples of diorama in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web About the size of a dorm fridge, the red wooden box has a mail slot at its bottom, and the stepstool allowing kids to peer into his Christmas Village diorama. Kevyn Burger Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Twin Citians get COVID creative to bring Christmas spirit to young believers," 11 Dec. 2020 A few weeks ago, a friend re-gifted me with a 1,000-piece puzzle of a diorama from the Museum of Natural History in New York City. Dorothy Dworkin, sun-sentinel.com, "Puzzling through the pandemic | Opinion," 12 Nov. 2020 At 17, Alan visited the 1939 World’s Fair in New York City and was dazzled by a General Motors exhibit: a futuristic diorama of superhighways crisscrossing the country. Robert D. Mcfadden, New York Times, "Alan S. Boyd, Nation’s First Transportation Chief, Dies at 98," 19 Oct. 2020 The late 1960s was a harsh, destabilizing time for the country, and Sorkin nearly turns it into a droll diorama. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Aaron Sorkin’s New Netflix Film Is Like the Anti–West Wing," 16 Oct. 2020 In sharp contrast to the data science diorama, Free’s display takes the viewer into the rough-and-tumble world of field work, featuring a biologist and her feces-sniffing dog on the prowl for carnivore scat. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Poo-Sniffing Peeps, Miss Ameripeep and More Emerge Victorious in #PeepYourScience 2020 Competition," 15 Apr. 2020 For one dollar at a yard sale: a shoebox diorama of the moon where the astronauts are built from foil. Hieu Minh Nguyen, The Atlantic, "Distance," 27 Sep. 2020 The presidential diorama features Eisenhower with three advisors, one military and two civilian. David Oliver, USA TODAY, "What tourists (yes, even local ones) can expect when visiting Washington's new Eisenhower Memorial," 18 Sep. 2020 The upright assemblage stands somewhere between a diorama and a cenotaph. Washington Post, "In the galleries: Prizewinning artists share concept of challenging perceptions," 18 Sep. 2020

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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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The first known use of diorama was in 1823

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19 Dec 2020

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“Diorama.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diorama. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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