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 More than one Democratic presidential campaign has taken notice of New Hampshire's voting rights landscape. Jane C. Timm, NBC News, "Confusion over a new law could threaten young voter turnout in New Hampshire," 19 Jan. 2020 Smith said a person can peer into the history of a landscape by examining the plants on it. Matt Wyatt,, "South Texas Sand Sheet’s unique treasures uncovered," 16 Jan. 2020 Indeed, the cycle may sound familiar to observers of the 21st-century digital media landscape: a celebrity (in this case, Paltrow) makes a statement. Michael Schulson/undark, Popular Science, "Scientific backlash only makes Goop stronger," 14 Jan. 2020 But the splendid desolation of the polar landscape compensates for its challenges, Shupe said. Sarah Kaplan, Anchorage Daily News, "Voyagers to the ‘epicenter of global warming’ struggle with storms, polar bears and thin ice," 13 Jan. 2020 Fires have been part of the Australian landscape for thousands of years. Andrea Thompson, Scientific American, "Australia’s Bushfires Have Likely Devastated Wildlife—and the Impact Will Only Get Worse," 8 Jan. 2020 The merger was part of shifting communications landscape as more people dropped landlines in favor of mobile phones and companies gobbled up each other to expand their networks across the country. The Denver Post, "Colorado’s biggest stories of the past decade," 31 Dec. 2019 The event began as a way to raise funds for bay preservation while giving people a chance to ride through a variety of landscapes. John Delapp, Houston Chronicle, "Retired biologist pedals to save the bay she loves," 26 Dec. 2019 Instagram's evolution throughout the decade mirrors the evolution of the broader social media landscape over that time. Kaya Yurieff, CNN, "From Instagram to TikTok: How social media evolved this decade," 19 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb It is nicely landscaped with shrubs and small trees and no grass. oregonlive, "Cut down summer landscape water use with these tips: Ask an expert," 19 Jan. 2020 But the biggest creator of bioswales in the West, and the city that’s giving free native greenery to its citizens and even landscaping it into their rain gardens, is a rainy one: the City of Portland. Dakota Kim, Sunset Magazine, "These Rain Gardens Clean City Stormwater with Flowers and Trees," 10 Jan. 2020 According to a city staff report, the townhomes would improve motorists’ sight lines because the development would reconfigure the driveways and require removal of fencing and landscaping currently on the plot where the homes are proposed. Hillary Davis, Daily Pilot, "Senior-living project at former art museum site advances after Newport council approvals," 14 Aug. 2019 The ring targeted landscaping storage yards, construction sites and vehicle storage lots, prosecutors said. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, "Northeast Ohio theft ring stole excavator, backhoe from construction sites during spree, prosecutors say," 5 Dec. 2019 In arid parts of the West, for example, landscaping a yard with local, drought-tolerant species and opting for mulch over grass can cut household water use by 30 percent. Leslie Nemo, Scientific American, "Cookie-Cutter Suburbs Could Help Spread Sustainable Yards," 3 Dec. 2019 Both lanes of traffic will be open to vehicles Tuesday, but drivers should expect intermittent shoulder closures with flaggers directing traffic throughout the week for landscaping work. oregonlive, "Portland metro Tuesday traffic: I-84 eastbound near Wood Village closed for fatal crash," 19 Nov. 2019 Newport residents have approached the city with wide-ranging concerns about panhandling, including the safety of people walking in medians close to traffic, landscaping being trampled and what the money given is used for. Hillary Davis, Daily Pilot, "Newport Beach signs will encourage people to donate to charity rather than give to panhandlers," 26 Sep. 2019 Workers and security staff in both the resorts and the theme parks tied down signs, landscaping elements and lighting fixtures. Samantha Mcnesby, USA TODAY, "How Disney World kept the magic alive as Hurricane Dorian threatened Florida," 4 Sep. 2019

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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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24 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Landscape.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 29 January 2020.

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How to pronounce landscape (audio)

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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