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 The desert southwest offers a stunning and at times breathtaking landscape, but the fall color of a saguaro cactus (Carnegiea gigantea) is pretty much the same as its summer color. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "3 primary reasons why fall colors in Kentucky will never be as good as New England," 16 Oct. 2020 Several years ago, Poland agreed after lengthy negotiations to return a Courbet landscape that had been at the National Museum in Warsaw to the heirs, who sold it at Christie’s in 2014 for $545,000. Milton Esterow, New York Times, "After 75 Years and 15 Claims, a Bid to Regain Lost Art Inches Forward," 16 Oct. 2020 Employees often struggle to navigate a convoluted landscape. Lydia Belanger, Fortune, "How 2020 Best Small Workplace YNAB recruits and retains great people," 16 Oct. 2020 Dust storms are straight out of the movies: a wall of sand, several stories high, moving through a landscape at speeds up to 50 miles per hour. Graham Averill, Outside Online, "How to Survive 5 Extreme Weather Scenarios," 15 Oct. 2020 Loggers deforest a landscape, and farmers bloom vast fields of tulips. Matt Simon, Wired, "See Earth Transform Like You're a Time-Traveling Astronaut," 14 Oct. 2020 Last weekend, Chris Hemsworth, who happens to be Tourism Australia’s global ambassador, took his entire family on a domestic vacation to Lord Howe Island, a lush landscape located off the coast of New South Wales. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "Chris Hemsworth Just Took His Entire Family to Australia's Secret Island Paradise," 14 Oct. 2020 Such is the altered landscape of Medicare enrollees in the age of COVID-19. oregonlive, "Medicare open enrollment complicated by COVID-19, like everything else in 2020," 12 Oct. 2020 The city of Lake Charles was already a landscape of towering debris piles still uncollected after Laura. Rebecca Santana, Anchorage Daily News, "For the 6th time this hurricane season, Louisiana prepares for the worst," 9 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 In spring, summer and fall, which are crammed into the remaining four months, natural grasses and wildflowers fill up the sloping lot, which cost $15,000 to landscape. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "In Colorado, a Sky-High Cabin Compound Goes Midcentury Modern," 30 Sep. 2020 The roadway is now open, but crews will remain for the next two weeks to landscape and to remove signage and the temporary traffic signal at U.S. 30 and Northwest Newberry Road. oregonlive, "Portland Wednesday traffic: Cornelius Pass Road reopens after 11-week closure," 30 Sep. 2020 At their home on the cul-de-sac last week, Hammons and Mendenhall made plans to pull weeds and landscape outside and change cabinet hardware and paint inside. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, The Indianapolis Star, "Think the NFL's competitive? Try being Matt Overton the real estate agent," 2 Sep. 2020 During hot summer weather, adequate moisture is critically important to landscape plants. Dan Gill,, "Dan Gill explains how to mimimize landscape damage from the recent New Orleans-area heavy rains," 23 Sep. 2020 Downtown Indy also announced a two-day beautification effort for this Friday and Sept. 11, during which civic leaders will gather on Monument Circle to clean, weed and landscape around the area. Amelia Pak-harvey, The Indianapolis Star, "'This is our city': New campaign encourages residents to come to downtown Indianapolis," 28 Aug. 2020 Nearly $2 million was budgeted to buy the modular homes, set them up and landscape around them, Coyne said. al, "Samford University’s COVID plan for 15 modular homes faces opposition," 8 Aug. 2020 In fact, this is something that applies to landscape birches as well as many that are beginning to need replacement due to age. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "Notice more wasps and yellow jackets this year? You’re not alone," 4 June 2020

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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Time Traveler for landscape

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The first known use of landscape was in 1598

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Last Updated

20 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Landscape.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 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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