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 Since then its second owners enriched the house and its setting with an updating by interior designer Jeffrey King and a huge revamp of the grounds by landscape designer Deborah Silver. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "$2.4M Bloomfield Twp. home in exclusive Turtle Pond offers fountain views, walking trails," 2 Jan. 2021 This goes beyond the waterfront park design by the New York landscape architecture firm Scape, which includes naturalistic tiers to accommodate the gradual impacts of sea-level rise. John King,, "Giants’ Mission Rock megaproject starting to take shape across from Oracle Park," 1 Jan. 2021 The students must be majoring in horticulture, floriculture, landscape design, conservation, forestry, environmental concerns, botany and other allied subjects., "Community news for the Glastonbury edition," 31 Dec. 2020 They got married in the ’50s, raised a family, and left their marks on San Diego in landscape architecture and community service. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Remembering San Diegans who passed in 2020," 30 Dec. 2020 Dealing with weeds is an unavoidable part of landscape maintenance. Dan Gill,, "Resolutions for gardeners: Dan Gill's 14 suggestions on making 2021 a verdant year," 30 Dec. 2020 Here is a link to an Oregon State University landscape plants description. oregonlive, "Need help hiding new neighbor’s big concrete wall? Ask an expert," 27 Dec. 2020 Some of our landscape plants were damaged by the recent cold. Tom Maccubbin,, "Install bougainvilleas now, unless there is a freeze risk," 26 Dec. 2020 Certain landscape forms, in his vision, possess a spiritual correspondence. New York Times, "Barry Lopez, Lyrical Writer Who Was Likened to Thoreau, Dies at 75," 26 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Long inhabited by Native Americans, World’s End was farmed by colonists and wealthy landowners until 1890, when Frederick Law Olmsted was hired to landscape the property for a subdivision that (happily) never materialized. New York Times, "Escape From the City: 9 Winter Outings That Fight Cabin Fever," 18 Dec. 2020 Turn the Rotate to landscape mode toggle switch to On, and your home screen will rotate like any other app. David Nield, Popular Science, "Dominate your Samsung Galaxy S10 with these tips and tricks," 17 Apr. 2019 The painters Wayne Thiebaud and Richard Diebenkorn both had a less harried and tense relationship to their material—the one to pop culture, the other to landscape—than their New York counterparts could. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "How James Beard Invented American Cooking," 5 Oct. 2020 In spring, summer and fall, which are crammed into the remaining four months, natural grasses and wildflowers fill up the sloping lot, which cost $15,000 to landscape. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "In Colorado, a Sky-High Cabin Compound Goes Midcentury Modern," 30 Sep. 2020 The roadway is now open, but crews will remain for the next two weeks to landscape and to remove signage and the temporary traffic signal at U.S. 30 and Northwest Newberry Road. oregonlive, "Portland Wednesday traffic: Cornelius Pass Road reopens after 11-week closure," 30 Sep. 2020 At their home on the cul-de-sac last week, Hammons and Mendenhall made plans to pull weeds and landscape outside and change cabinet hardware and paint inside. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, The Indianapolis Star, "Think the NFL's competitive? Try being Matt Overton the real estate agent," 2 Sep. 2020 During hot summer weather, adequate moisture is critically important to landscape plants. Dan Gill,, "Dan Gill explains how to mimimize landscape damage from the recent New Orleans-area heavy rains," 23 Sep. 2020 Downtown Indy also announced a two-day beautification effort for this Friday and Sept. 11, during which civic leaders will gather on Monument Circle to clean, weed and landscape around the area. Amelia Pak-harvey, The Indianapolis Star, "'This is our city': New campaign encourages residents to come to downtown Indianapolis," 28 Aug. 2020

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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Time Traveler for landscape

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The first known use of landscape was in 1598

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18 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Landscape.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce landscape (audio)

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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