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 His work is also closely related to the Cuban neo-Baroque writers José Lezama Lima and Alejo Carpentier, both of whom are mindful of the continent’s strange, even surreal, landscape and its mysterious history. Edmund White, Harper's magazine, "Existential Noir," 6 Jan. 2020 Yet despite the seemingly always changing nutrition landscape and turnabouts in opinion — and setting aside tribalistic views — there’s actually a lot of agreement in the nutrition world. Samantha Cassetty, NBC News, "What science says about the best way to eat (and what we're still figuring out)," 30 Dec. 2019 Participants will be able to ask questions about the landscape and wildlife. Kimi Robinson, azcentral, "New Year's hikes around Arizona: Here are 5 fun ways to welcome 2020," 30 Dec. 2019 With an eye toward Monday, here is a snapshot look at the head coaching landscape and what is ahead. Mary Kay Cabot, cleveland, "Report: The Browns have been making calls on head coaching candidates," 29 Dec. 2019 Unlike traditional building, which requires tearing down the landscape and creating a stable, artificial surface from which to build upon, AZULIK sits atop stilts, allowing for nature to remain alive beneath it. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "A Fantastical World of Art and Hospitality in the Heart of Tulum’s Jungle," 23 Dec. 2019 The landscapes and antique culture of Europe soon permeated her imagination. Michael Dumas, al, "Art gallery fills a creative need on the Eastern Shore," 22 Dec. 2019 Climate anxiety, climate trauma, and climate strikes are now all part of many people’s mental landscape and daily lives. Adeline Johns-putra, Quartz, "The seven most crucial climate change novels," 18 Dec. 2019 From powdery sand beaches and epic safaris to a stunning wine country, dramatic landscapes and diverse culture, there’s no shortage of reasons why explorers should book a flight to the mesmerizing nation. Danielle Pointdujour, Essence, "Black Travel Vibes: This Mother-Son Trip To South Africa Will Make You Smile," 16 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 The bike trail is landscaped with many trees, some quite old and picturesque. Bonnie Gross,, "Avoid the traffic on these four scenic bike trails in Florida," 22 Nov. 2019 Designed to blend into the surrounding scenery, the Park was landscaped with 33,000 flowering plants, cascading down the rooftops and terraces. Mary Winston Nicklin, Condé Nast Traveler, "Istria Has All the Beauty of the Mediterranean and None of Croatia's Crowds," 16 Aug. 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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Time Traveler for landscape

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The first known use of landscape was in 1598

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Last Updated

10 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Landscape.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 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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