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 dioramic (audio) , -​ˈrä-​ \ adjective

Examples of diorama in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Children will enjoy the Alpineum Museum just opposite the monument, especially its lifelike diorama of Alpine peaks. Malavika Bhattacharya, National Geographic, "Visit this historic Swiss city beneath the ‘dragon mountain’," 5 Oct. 2019 The morning was spent at Haw Par Villa, a psychedelic outdoor museum of sorts that tells the story of Asian folklore by way of dioramas and sculptures, a gift to Singapore by Aw Boon Haw, a millionaire philanthropist and founder of Tiger Balm. Erin Granat, Billboard, "We Toured Southeast Asia With the Ed Banger Crew," 18 Dec. 2019 Some of the historical figures and accessories are considered so accurate that adult enthusiasts will buy hundreds of them to build dioramas and layouts of ancient battles and other scenes. David Kindy, Smithsonian, "How Playmobil Went From a Simple, Smiling Figure to a Worldwide Sensation," 3 Dec. 2019 The miles-long exhibit's largest work likely will be Carlos Rolón's wrapping the outside of the lobby cube of the Chase Tower, 111 E. Wisconsin Ave., with a translucent diorama of tropical flora. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "8 things you should be doing in Milwaukee this weekend, from PrideFest to Crusherfest to Hello Kitty," 6 June 2019 The pair also constructed mechanical dioramas of the 3D art of a French photographer/street artist for New York's premier contemporary art fair. Anna Ben Yehuda Rahmanan, Popular Mechanics, "How Brooklyn's Boldest Custom-Fabricators Execute Projects on a Massive Scale," 11 Dec. 2019 Lately, crowds have flocked to elaborate dioramas, like Meow Wolf’s famous House of Eternal Return, where visitors actually enter the artwork itself, stroll through and handle objects. Ray Mark Rinaldi, The Know, "Camp Christmas is a daring work of interactive holiday art," 29 Nov. 2019 Also in town is a candy shop, Squirrel's Den, which created chocolate dioramas of the movie's halfway house and beach scene. Zachary Pincus-roth, chicagotribune.com, "The unlikely greatness of ‘The Shawshank Redemption,’ 25 years later," 29 Aug. 2019 The final piece of the exhibit is a walk-through diorama that takes you through several stages of Victoria’s life. Weldon B. Johnson, azcentral, "Victoria the T. rex is on display at the Arizona Science Center. Here's why kids will love it," 21 Nov. 2019

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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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18 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Diorama.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diorama. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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