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


She likes to paint landscapes. The farm is set in a landscape of rolling hills. He gazed out at the beautiful landscape.


A professional landscaped the yard. an area landscaped with flowering shrubs and trees
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The novel transcends the Texas landscape and reveals the universal truths of our political process. Steve Israel,, "What's the greatest book about politics? Bill Clinton, Newt Gingrich and others weigh in.," 12 July 2018 Located in the far north of Italy on the Swiss border, about 60 miles northeast of Milan, Valtellina is home to breathtaking landscapes and a winemaking legacy that dates back to the pre-Roman days of the Etruscans and Ligurians. Christopher Ross, WSJ, "The Hidden Valley in the Italian Alps Where Winemakers Are Working Against Nature," 15 Feb. 2019 In the wake of the devastation of Hurricane Maria, this destination once frequented by U.S. travelers for its abundance of culture, diversity of landscape, and luxury hotels is making a comeback. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "The 19 Best Places to Travel in 2019," 10 Jan. 2019 Knowing what the penguins are eating helps gauge the health of this species as climate change distorts the landscape, and as commercial fishery operations go after krill for fish oil supplements. Brian Resnick, Vox, "You can join the scientific quest to track penguin poop from space. It could help protect the species.," 12 Dec. 2018 Charcoal pyres were part of the landscape, and mystery shrouded the charcoal makers who, before vehicles could bring the wood all the way down to the valley, spent weeks or even months up in the mountains tending the firewood piles. Alvaro Barrientos, Fox News, "Charcoal makers in Spain keep embers of an old trade burning," 13 Sep. 2018 This is the one player on the trade market who can singlehandedly change the playoff landscape, and several Major League Baseball executives and scouts told USA TODAY Sports that the Dodgers have emerged as the clear-front favorites to land Machado. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "Manny Machado sweepstakes are underway - and Dodgers are favorites to acquire him," 27 June 2018 Remember, your subconscious is a huge part of your identity, so don’t be afraid to explore this landscape in your dreams. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What October's Scorpio Horoscope Means for You," 30 Sep. 2018 To support so many large cities, the Maya would have had to modify the landscape in more drastic ways than just clearing some trees; irrigating fields or draining wetlands would be essential. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "What 61,000 hidden structures reveal about Maya civilization," 28 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The visa program has limited slots and allows landscaping companies, restaurants and other seasonal businesses to bulk up in peak times. Lalita Clozel, WSJ, "Seasonal Work Visa Website to Reopen Monday," 3 Jan. 2019 These include their share of the joint mortgage, taxes, insurance and operating costs like landscaping and trash pickup. Nneka Mcguire And Nicholas Padiak,, "50 years after the Fair Housing Act passed, black Chicagoans reflect on refuge found in South Side co-op," 16 Apr. 2018 The entire campus has been landscaped to encourage movement. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "How urban planners can promote health and wellness," 25 July 2018 The campus is landscaped in such a way that the eight-foot-high perimeter wall is invisible from the inside. Richard Mcgill Murphy, Town & Country, "Desert Prep," 17 Dec. 2012 McDonald Gardens LLC, a retailer and landscaping company in the Virginia Beach, Va., area, has about 100 full-time workers. Anna Wilde Mathews, WSJ, "Employer-Provided Health Insurance Approaches $20,000 a Year," 3 Oct. 2018 Michael Regolizio from New Leaf Landscaping business testified that his business was paid more than $400,000 between 2010 and 2014 for landscaping work at Manafort’s home in Bridgehampton. Alex Pappas, Fox News, "Manafort case judge warns Mueller team they 'can't prove conspiracy' without star witness," 2 Aug. 2018 The show will include a full-size cabin to walk through, the latest in water toys, unique cottage and outdoor furniture, a giant sandbox, landscaping ideas and more. Brendel Hightower, Detroit Free Press, "Things to do in Metro Detroit Feb. 25-March 3," 26 Feb. 2018 Three windows overlook the front yard that is landscaped for four seasons. Carol Riordan,, "Property of the Week: 59 Papermill Road, Glastonbury," 28 Dec. 2017

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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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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