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land·​scape ˈlan(d)-ˌskāp How to pronounce landscape (audio)
often attributive
: a picture representing a view of natural inland scenery
Her hobby was painting landscapes.
: the art of depicting such scenery
: the landforms of a region in the aggregate
a landscape of rolling hills
: a portion of territory that can be viewed at one time from one place
enjoyed the landscape from the mountain's summit
: a particular area of activity : scene
the political landscape
her new book which charts the landscape of her life during the last ten yearsElizabeth Mavor
obsolete : vista, prospect


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landscaped; landscaping

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

: to engage in landscape gardening
landscaper noun


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

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
Recent Examples on the Web
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And what was the film studies landscape like at the time? Scott Feinberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 Apr. 2024 The bar has a sizeable back patio that will be landscaped and ready to go as soon as possible. Jess Fleming, Twin Cities, 4 Apr. 2024 Similar plantings and color stories are then extended out from the border plants—a perfect example of how the use of containers to continue landscaping into smaller areas such as patios, tabletops, and corners is the perfect solution when in-ground plantings are not possible. Kristin Guy, Sunset Magazine, 22 Feb. 2024 Just outside the family room, there’s a deck with an outdoor fireplace, and beyond that, a grassy, simply landscaped yard with a swimming pool. Mark David, Robb Report, 12 Mar. 2024 California is facing lots of changes and difficult decisions, from how to provide homes for the unhoused to how people lucky enough to have homes can sustainably landscape their yards. Jeanette Marantos, Los Angeles Times, 1 Feb. 2024 Cover any nearby plants or landscaping with a tarp for protection. Nafeesah Allen, Better Homes & Gardens, 10 Jan. 2024 The front and rear yards are neatly landscaped with grass. Angela Serratore, New York Times, 10 Jan. 2024 Given the religious and political nature of the site, it may have been landscaped to enhance the visual impact of the monuments. Smithsonian Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, 15 Feb. 2024

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Word History


Noun, Verb, and Adjective

Dutch landschap, from land + -schap -ship

First Known Use


1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1914, in the meaning defined at transitive sense


1932, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of landscape was in 1598

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Cite this Entry

“Landscape.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
land·​scape ˈlan(d)-ˌskāp How to pronounce landscape (audio)
: a picture of natural scenery
: the land that can be seen in one glance


2 of 2 verb
landscaped; landscaping
: to improve the natural beauties of a piece of land by grading, clearing, or gardening

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