di·ora·ma | \ˌdī-ə-ˈra-mə, -ˈrä- \

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 \-ˈra-mik \ adjective

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Almost 150 years later, Wellington resident Steven Turchyn designed and constructed a 1/32-scale, 160-square-foot diorama of Pickett’s Charge, which occurred on the third and final day of the Battle of Gettysburg. Austen Erblat, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Wellington man's Gettysburg exhibit to be displayed during July 4 week," 22 June 2018 This space is featuring Harry Gould Harvey IV’s intricate and peculiar driftwood dioramas — tramp art à la Brancusi. Will Heinrich, New York Times, "12 Galleries to Visit Now in Brooklyn and Queens," 26 Apr. 2018 At one point the owners hired the diorama maker from the Denver Museum of Nature & Science to build displays for some of the art and artifacts. Larry Olmsted, USA TODAY, "Pair game meat and period cocktails in Colorado," 13 June 2018 The diorama is normally behind glass, but the glass is broken. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "Unseen Oceans: How the American Museum of Natural History Builds a New Exhibit," 21 June 2018 Don’t Leave Home tells the story of Melanie Thomas (Anna Margaret Hollyman), an artist who specializes in making finely detailed dioramas. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Don’t Leave Home is a wonderfully atmospheric waking nightmare," 6 May 2018 Some hold sculptural dioramas and others, 3-D holograms that mimic the dioramas. Susan Delson, WSJ, "In a Los Angeles Exhibition, 3-D in All Its Dimensions," 29 June 2018 Like the parakeets, the dioramas are too easy a metaphor. Leslie Kendall Dye, Longreads, "City on a Hill," 23 June 2018 Those dioramas, which once served as a therapeutic outlet, become a striking metaphor for a family’s entrapment. Justin Chang, latimes.com, "'Hereditary' is a new horror classic, and a triumph for Toni Collette," 7 June 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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