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 current wrestling landscape is short on heavyweights, but WALTER possesses every necessary quality to restore order for big men in the business. Justin Barrasso,, "Chris Jericho Becomes All Elite Wrestling's First-Ever World Champion: All Out Takeaways," 1 Sep. 2019 The fact that this upsurge in deforestation threatens some of the most biodiverse and carbon-rich landscapes on Earth is reason enough to oppose it. Scott Denning, Scientific American, "Destructive Amazon Fires Do Not Threaten Earth’s Oxygen, Expert Says," 27 Aug. 2019 The fact that this upsurge in deforestation threatens some of the most biodiverse and carbon-rich landscapes on Earth is reason enough to oppose it. The Conversation,, "Amazon fires are alarming -- but, no, they won’t deplete Earth’s oxygen: The Conversation," 26 Aug. 2019 Along the path there’s a procession of miniature landscapes, from aromatic beds of lavender to a meadow with six species of oaks. John King,, "Park-topped Transbay transit center pays architectural dividends, past troubles aside," 26 Aug. 2019 From the endless deserts of the Sahara in Morocco to friendly penguins in South Africa, very few places hold the wealth of diverse landscapes, culture history, and adventure that Mama Africa does. Danielle Pointdujour, Essence, "Black Travel Vibes: This Woman's Journey To Côte d'Ivoire Is A Symbol Of Peace," 21 Aug. 2019 Sage grouse are chicken-sized, ground-dwelling birds considered an indicator species for the health of vast sagebrush landscapes in the West that support some 350 species of wildlife. Washington Post, "Massive juniper tree-cutting project aims to aid sage grouse," 21 Aug. 2019 The eight nations that encircle the region are scrambling to assert and defend their claims over the Arctic, which remains one of the most daunting landscapes to project power on the planet. National Geographic, "Arctic Assets," 21 Aug. 2019 But the area’s spectacular array of staggering landscapes is just one notable element of its exceptional and varied allure. Fortune, "New Zealand’s Hottest Destination Is One You’ve Likely Never Heard Of," 18 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Located across from a greenbelt island brimming with majestic oak trees, this exceptional property sits on a half-acre park-like setting and with a deep setback thoughtfully landscaped with lush gardens. Monica Lander, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: A stunning remodel in a gorgeous Hidden Oaks setting," 19 Aug. 2019 As the home progresses, HFOT will hold a Volunteer Day to landscape the property and subsequently a Key Ceremony where the Casaras will be handed the keys to their new home. Julie Gallant, Ramona Sentinel, "Community celebrates new home for wounded veteran," 16 Aug. 2019 His department also oversees the city’s urban forest and handles landscaping for streetscapes, street medians and city facilities. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, "New director takes helm at Carlsbad Parks & Recreation," 30 July 2019 Bartlett built homes for his superintendents, ranch hands, friends and family at the ranch that was landscaped with rose bushes, palm trees and an abundance of flora. Mary Wakeford, azcentral, "Sahuaro Ranch boasts one of Glendale's earliest cool homes. Take a look," 18 July 2019 The site will be designed to withstand flooding at sea levels projected for 2070, with landscaping nearly four feet higher than what’s there now. Tim Logan,, "City planners approve BU’s wild-looking data sciences building," 12 July 2019 That can be landscaping, roads and other common areas. Janna Herron, USA TODAY, "Buying a home? There's a good chance you'll deal with HOAs, so here's what you should know," 6 Aug. 2019 And areas supposed to be landscaped with grass were still raw earth. Kenneth R. Gosselin,, "Hartford Athletic is finally playing soccer at Dillon Stadium, but why are we still waiting for construction to finish?," 18 July 2019 Palm trees, statues and landscaping complete the romantic scene. Jack Flemming,, "Beverly Hills haunt of late ‘Platoon’ producer Arnold Kopelson sells for $9.7 million," 4 June 2019

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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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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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