noun, often attributive
land·​scape | \ ˈlan(d)-ˌskāp How to pronounce landscape (audio) \

Definition of landscape

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : a picture representing a view of natural inland scenery Her hobby was painting landscapes.
b : the art of depicting such scenery
2a : the landforms of a region in the aggregate a landscape of rolling hills
b : a portion of territory that can be viewed at one time from one place enjoyed the landscape from the mountain's summit
c : a particular area of activity : scene the political landscape her new book which charts the landscape of her life during the last ten years— Elizabeth Mavor
3 obsolete : vista, prospect


landscaped; landscaping

Definition of landscape (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

: to modify or ornament (a natural landscape) by altering the plant cover

intransitive verb

: to engage in landscape gardening



Definition of landscape (Entry 3 of 3)

: of, relating to, or being a rectangular document or image having the horizontal dimension longer than the vertical dimension

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Other Words from landscape


landscaper noun

Examples of landscape in a Sentence


She likes to paint landscapes. The farm is set in a landscape of rolling hills. He gazed out at the beautiful landscape.


A professional landscaped the yard. an area landscaped with flowering shrubs and trees
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

After the party, the lights can be reassigned to landscape beds or to highlight trees and shrubs. Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, Indianapolis Star, "The Hoosier Gardener: Tips for successful garden party," 9 June 2019 Civil matter, landscape permit required; Bremerton Road A resident reported May 30 that a landscaping company had taken money. Thomas Jewell,, "Person of interest develops in Europa shooting: Pepper Pike Police Blotter," 7 June 2019 Bryon Doerr, landscape maintenance supervisor for the village of Homewood, said his crews are in the process of removing about 500 dead or dying maple trees. Frank Vaisvilas, Daily Southtown, "The ash trees are gone and maples are in decline, Homewood boosts its canopy with new oaks, beech trees," 7 June 2019 The bill’s long slog and eventual death caps months of contentious discussion on efforts to change Connecticut’s health care landscape. Jenna Carlesso,, "Public option bill, already weakened by debate, dies in the Senate," 6 June 2019 For the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing of Apollo 11, Doylestown’s Michener Museum presents an exhibition focusing on the moon in American landscape painting, in collaboration with the Hudson River Museum. Stephan Salisbury,, "N.C. Wyeth, Penn Museum’s moving sphinx, Gee’s Bend quilters, and more museum highlights," 5 June 2019 Studio RED Architects designed the building and Clark Condon handled landscape design for the amenity complex. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "Veranda community opens new clubhouse in Richmond," 4 June 2019 Around 20% of the United States is underlain by karst landscapes, according to the United States Geologic Survey, with 40% of groundwater used for drinking coming from karst aquifers. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Cassini Found That Titan Has Lakes of Methane Resting on Giant Mesas," 16 Apr. 2019 More than 60 stakeholders from across the women’s basketball landscape got together Wednesday hours before the WNBA draft to discuss a variety of topics critical to the sport. Doug Feinberg, The Seattle Times, "Women’s basketball stakeholders gather before WNBA draft," 12 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

His grandfather’s later landscaping career inspired the Miramar’s gardens. Christina Binkley,, "The Miramar Beach hotel in Montecito opens with a splash," 10 June 2019 People like Nancy Windesheim and Joan Carson who headed an effort to repair and landscape a one-block section of Esmeralda Avenue in Bernal Heights and turn it into a small treasure, complete with a children’s slide. Carl Nolte,, "It’s true — San Francisco is a mess. And everyone knows it," 8 June 2019 According to court documents, Smith claimed to have labor contracts with hotels, construction companies and landscaping businesses and needed more than 300 workers with H-2B visas. Martin E. Comas,, "Orlando man who faked visa applications for hundreds of Jamaican workers sentenced to 10 months in prison," 3 June 2019 This deck is framed by landscaping containing varieties of lilacs, blackberries, flowering Oriental bushes, and exotic trees that the homeowner has planted and nurtured over the past 25 years. Joan Walden,, "Property of the Week: 5 Ridgewood Rd., Burlington," 1 June 2017 Stringent guest-worker limits in the U.S. have hamstrung businesses in industries from landscaping to fisheries. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Japan’s Immigration Harbinger," 5 Dec. 2018 In one rural town, the whole community seemed to be outdoors, working their lawn mowers and landscaping projects on a Sunday afternoon. Crystal Paul, The Seattle Times, "What it’s like to take a 35-hour ride on Amtrak’s Coast Starlight train from Los Angeles to Seattle," 29 Mar. 2019 There were delays and detours at a busy intersection near the Sawgrass Expressway in Deerfield Beach because of a dump truck that was hauling landscaping debris that rolled over. Wayne K. Roustan,, "Flipped dump truck causing delays at busy intersection near the Sawgrass Expressway," 28 June 2018 This award-winning park—completed in 2006—located below Houston’s I-45 features bike and pedestrian pathways landscaped by architects from the SWA Group, a large firm founded in the 1950s by Hideo Sasaki and Peter Walker. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 16 most Instagrammable places in U.S. cities," 18 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'landscape.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of landscape


1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1914, in the meaning defined at transitive sense


1932, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for landscape

Noun, Verb, and Adjective

Dutch landschap, from land + -schap -ship

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The first known use of landscape was in 1598

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English Language Learners Definition of landscape

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a picture that shows a natural scene of land or the countryside
: an area of land that has a particular quality or appearance
: a particular area of activity



English Language Learners Definition of landscape (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make changes to improve the appearance of (an area of land)


land·​scape | \ ˈland-ˌskāp How to pronounce landscape (audio) \

Kids Definition of landscape

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a picture of natural scenery He enjoys painting landscapes.
2 : the land that can be seen in one glance We gazed out at the peaceful landscape.


landscaped; landscaping

Kids Definition of landscape (Entry 2 of 2)

: to improve the natural beauty of a piece of land The yard was landscaped with flowering plants.

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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