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

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun From highlights of Wisconsin's physical landscape to the foods cultivated and consumed, here are 20 mostly superlative and sometimes surprising facts gleaned from their book: 1. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 3 May 2022 By October, the corporation had a better idea of the landscape ahead. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 2 May 2022 The structure includes five round corner turrets, a courtyard, a central tower with views of the surrounding landscape and a perimeter wall. Anna Mazurek, Chron, 29 Apr. 2022 Blockchains are an inevitable part of the technology landscape. Travis Hoyt, Forbes, 27 Apr. 2022 Preventing movies from being accessed on streaming cuts back on piracy, Fithian claimed, which threatens the financial underpinnings of the media landscape. Brent Lang, Variety, 26 Apr. 2022 The nature of the Hell Creek landscape is pruned and shaped by these interactions. Riley Black, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 Apr. 2022 Sheynfeld is painting a set of 12 portraits of Ukrainian women displaced by the conflict, set against a backdrop of the Odessa landscape. Washington Post, 25 Apr. 2022 The tale Ford will tell is focused on the Battle of Versailles, a turning point in fashion, one that marked the ascendency of ready-to-wear over couture, and an adjustment of the fashion landscape. Vogue, 25 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The arboretum routinely brings in a herd of rented goats from Rent-a-Ruminant Texas to graze on portions of the preserve rather than hiring gas-guzzling mowers to landscape the area. Jay R. Jordan, Chron, 18 Apr. 2022 Before opening, the city plans to landscape the property and add security, including lighting and screened fencing, planting trees and shrubs and establishing round-the-clock security. Krista Johnson, The Courier-Journal, 29 Dec. 2021 The 32-acre Laurelhurst Park was inspired by the English naturalist style of New York City’s Central Park, which was also designed by the Olmstead Brothers landscape architectural firm of Brookline, Massachusetts. oregonlive, 26 Oct. 2021 Whereas Murry was applying his ideas to landscape, her commitment was to the human figure, in particular the female nude. Jarrett Earnest, The New York Review of Books, 17 Nov. 2021 The low percentage of women in the field means they haven’t been represented in the effects awards landscape either — only one woman has won the Oscar for visual effects. Pat Saperstein, Variety, 8 Nov. 2021 The 16-foot-tall, yellow pyramidal steel structure is set in a field of native grasses that took Storm King 25 years to landscape and cultivate. Irene S. Levine, Forbes, 26 Oct. 2021 Richmond officials are advancing plans to remove the pedestals and other remnants of the statuary and at least temporarily pave over or re-landscape the sites. NBC News, 8 Sep. 2021 Richmond officials are advancing plans to remove the pedestals and other remnants of the statuary and at least temporarily pave over or re-landscape the sites. Sarah Rankin,, 8 Sep. 2021 See More

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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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6 May 2022

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“Landscape.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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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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