landscape

1 of 3

noun

land·​scape ˈlan(d)-ˌskāp How to pronounce landscape (audio)
often attributive
1
a
: a picture representing a view of natural inland scenery
Her hobby was painting landscapes.
b
: the art of depicting such scenery
2
a
: 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 yearsElizabeth Mavor
3
obsolete : vista, prospect

landscape

2 of 3

verb

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

landscape

3 of 3

adjective

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

Example Sentences

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
Noun
Showrunners agreed that satisfying fans when their favorite show ends has become more difficult in recent years, because of TV’s overall quality level, a sprawling streaming landscape and social media platforms that allow people to voice their disdain and displeasure in real time. Timothy Bella, Washington Post, 29 May 2023 Does the institution luridly modernize in response to a changing media landscape? Phillip Maciak, The New Republic, 26 May 2023 Check out the Burroughs Mountain Trail for stunning views of Mount Rainier and the alpine landscape. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 26 May 2023 The comments gave context to what could be seen as just a sweeping landscape of flowers. Dakota Kim, Los Angeles Times, 25 May 2023 In this distressed landscape, Lord and Miller are still able to get projects into theaters. Aaron Couch, The Hollywood Reporter, 25 May 2023 Which is to say, cars have obviously had an enormous effect on the American landscape. ABC News, 16 May 2023 The launch of Clermont Steep marks a significant milestone in the American Whiskey landscape as James B. Beam Distilling Co., the world’s largest producer of bourbon, takes a stake in a rapidly growing segment. The Courier-Journal, 16 May 2023 Money for families, education, housing, water and more Questions welcome Curious about Arizona’s political landscape? Kaely Monahan, The Arizona Republic, 15 May 2023
Verb
King Charles, 74, and Queen Camilla, 75, had the honor of opening the gates and met designers behind the new space, landscaped with the same sustainable principles the King and Queen employ. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 24 May 2023 What sparked that interest in pivoting from portraits to landscape photography? Leigh-ann Jackson, Los Angeles Times, 17 May 2023 The surprisingly symmetrical 30-foot-long phallus, landscaped on the pristine emerald lawn across the prestigious Royal Crescent in Bath, England, is hard to miss. Yelena Moroz Alpert, House Beautiful, 7 May 2023 Each of the 27 bungalows has a pool and private outdoor space, and the surroundings, landscaped with olive trees, bougainvillea vines, and herbs, are quiet. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, 11 Apr. 2023 Assess Your Front Yard When planning how to landscape a front yard, the first thing to do is recognize your bias. Viveka Neveln, Better Homes & Gardens, 20 Feb. 2023 Years after that fateful encounter, Vos is back in their small Napa town to write his novel, and Hallie has been hired to landscape his family's property. Good Housekeeping, 24 Mar. 2023 Remain in Colorado and lose exhibitors frustrated with Denver’s high costs and lack of proximity to outdoor recreation spots, or move to Salt Lake City and lose exhibitors frustrated with what many see as Utah’s noxious opposition to landscape conservation. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 23 Mar. 2022 According to Hurley, fiberglass pools have an average total cost of $50,000 to $60,000, including construction but not landscaping. Kate Mcgregor, House Beautiful, 5 May 2023 See More

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'landscape.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

Etymology

Noun, Verb, and Adjective

Dutch landschap, from land + -schap -ship

First Known Use

Noun

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1914, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Adjective

1932, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of landscape was in 1598

Dictionary Entries Near landscape

Cite this Entry

“Landscape.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/landscape. Accessed 7 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition

landscape

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

landscape

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

More from Merriam-Webster on landscape

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!