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

Noun She likes to paint landscapes. The farm is set in a landscape of rolling hills. He gazed out at the beautiful landscape. Verb A professional landscaped the yard. an area landscaped with flowering shrubs and trees
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In the face of a health emergency, Pollini argued that working to change the political landscape is an essential part of a public health official’s job — especially if local politics are keeping them from addressing a crisis. Lev Facher, STAT, "Do public health officials need to be political activists? A fight over an HIV crisis renews the question," 3 May 2021 The result is a political fundraising landscape for mayoral candidates that looks nothing like those of the recent past. Dan Horn, The Enquirer, "Cincinnati's next mayor: Who's raising the most money and where are they getting it?," 3 May 2021 Pence always seemed to have aspirations of running for president, Troye said, but the Republican political landscape changed so much after Jan. 6. David Jackson, USA TODAY, "Praise for Trump, attacks on Biden, silence on Jan. 6: Mike Pence makes first speech since leaving office in pivotal SC," 30 Apr. 2021 But given the political landscape, the choice may be to sell now or hang on until a future Congress changes the rules. Richard Rubin, WSJ, "Biden’s Capital-Gains Tax Plan Would Upend Estate Planning by the Wealthy," 29 Apr. 2021 The flexibility of the conspiracy has also proved resilient within a shifting political landscape. Sophie Bjork-james, Chron, "QAnon hasn't gone away - it's alive and kicking in states across the country," 26 Apr. 2021 This program, led by Hartford Properties Site Administrator Jana Colacino, will survey the gardens and landscape surrounding the historic structure., "Community News For The Stafford Edition," 23 Apr. 2021 At their formation back in 1980, the West German Greens were much like the Green parties that dot the global political landscape today: strongly environmentalist and pacifist, pro-cannabis and anti-nuclear. David Meyer, Fortune, "Why Germany could end up with a Green chancellor this year," 19 Apr. 2021 Climate change and food security: A two-day program on feeding a growing population during changes in the planet’s climate, culture, and political landscape. San Francisco Chronicle, "Bay Area political events: Swing Left, campus policing," 19 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb How can landscape design help people better understand history? Bebe Howorth, ELLE Decor, "A New Memorial Marries Ecological and Social Justice," 22 Apr. 2021 Tough as Nails Teams compete to landscape the front yard of a new house. Los Angeles Times, "What’s on TV Wednesday: ‘Genius: Aretha’; ‘Riverdale’," 23 Mar. 2021 Council voted unanimously to hire Brookside Construction Services at a cost not to exceed $106,700 to landscape the police station grounds. Linda Gandee, cleveland, "Rocky River prepares finishing touches for new police station," 1 Mar. 2021 Fill them up, mark the date and in six months, use the water to landscape and fill the container again with fresh water. oregonlive, "2021 checklist to prepare your family for an emergency at home or in a public place," 14 Jan. 2021 Despite the developer’s willingness to heavily landscape the property and build much less than is currently allowed by law, Richardson’s council nixed the plan after a groundswell of neighborhood opposition. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "Richardson nixes plan for new industrial park," 26 Jan. 2021 Long inhabited by Native Americans, World’s End was farmed by colonists and wealthy landowners until 1890, when Frederick Law Olmsted was hired to landscape the property for a subdivision that (happily) never materialized. New York Times, "Escape From the City: 9 Winter Outings That Fight Cabin Fever," 18 Dec. 2020 Turn the Rotate to landscape mode toggle switch to On, and your home screen will rotate like any other app. David Nield, Popular Science, "Dominate your Samsung Galaxy S10 with these tips and tricks," 17 Apr. 2019 The painters Wayne Thiebaud and Richard Diebenkorn both had a less harried and tense relationship to their material—the one to pop culture, the other to landscape—than their New York counterparts could. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "How James Beard Invented American Cooking," 5 Oct. 2020

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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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6 May 2021

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“Landscape.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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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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