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 And across the United States, the descendants of those who lived here first can explain the landscape and centuries of tradition like no one else. Pauly Denetclaw, Condé Nast Traveler, 8 July 2021 The domestic political landscape, already volatile, was further disrupted by Covid-19. Rainer Michael Preiss, Forbes, 7 July 2021 When the Senate returns to Washington next week, lawmakers hoping to move on Biden's infrastructure agenda will be in a race against the clock to navigate a precarious political landscape before the summer comes to a close. Libby Cathey, ABC News, 7 July 2021 Meanwhile, the Sydney Gardens Project is continuing to restore historic buildings and create new landscape and garden attractions. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 July 2021 Evaluating these possibilities would have required a serious effort to understand Barr and his life, as well as the changing political landscape between the first Bush and Trump presidencies, but Honig does not explore these possibilities or others. Ankush Khardori, The New Republic, 6 July 2021 Understanding the shifting dynamics in Hungary’s political landscape was literally his job. Yasmeen Serhan, The Atlantic, 6 July 2021 Navigating the political and moral landscape is key as enthusiasts and entrepreneurs make a business case for the product. Stephen Kafeero, Quartz, 2 July 2021 Observers say the recall effort against Wheeler may also face headwinds from a shifting political landscape as a city consumed by chaos for more than a year slowly begins to recover. oregonlive, 2 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Built in 1872, Olana State Historic Site is a Hudson, New York, gem that was once home to landscape painter Frederic Edwin Church. Mary Elizabeth Andriotis, House Beautiful, 23 June 2021 Today, as hearts and minds are more tuned to the natural world, Jose Cohen scrambles to meet wholesale demand for the native plants that were often removed by garden lovers eager to landscape with thirsty exotics. San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 May 2021 When Georgetown’s operations were idle, the company paid workers for around a year to landscape the area around the site and help with community efforts like food drives. Alistair Macdonald, WSJ, 4 May 2021 How can landscape design help people better understand history? Bebe Howorth, ELLE Decor, 22 Apr. 2021 Tough as Nails Teams compete to landscape the front yard of a new house. Los Angeles Times, 23 Mar. 2021 Council voted unanimously to hire Brookside Construction Services at a cost not to exceed $106,700 to landscape the police station grounds. Linda Gandee, cleveland, 1 Mar. 2021 Fill them up, mark the date and in six months, use the water to landscape and fill the container again with fresh water. oregonlive, 14 Jan. 2021 Despite the developer’s willingness to heavily landscape the property and build much less than is currently allowed by law, Richardson’s council nixed the plan after a groundswell of neighborhood opposition. Steve Brown, Dallas News, 26 Jan. 2021

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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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The first known use of landscape was in 1598

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landscape architect

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17 Jul 2021

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“Landscape.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jul. 2021.

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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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