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 As one of the gateways to Africa, Morocco can feel overwhelming and otherworldly as its vast landscapes go from endless sand oceans in the Sahara to colorful blue cities and bustling maze-like markets. Danielle Pointdujour, Essence, "12 Times Travelers Let Their Melanin Shine In Morocco," 30 Jan. 2020 Petitti’s Gardening Stage will have expert advice on everything from incorporating native plants into your landscape to backyard birding. Roxanne Washington, cleveland, "The Great Big Home + Garden Show begins Friday, Jan. 31, at Cleveland’s I-X Center," 26 Jan. 2020 Its landscape includes prairie, lakeshore, forest, and farmland. Alan Taylor, The Atlantic, "Indiana: Images of the Hoosier State," 26 Jan. 2020 This, along with the neighboring region of Conegliano, became Italy’s 55th UNESCO World Heritage site on July 7, 2019, thanks in part to its aesthetically pleasing checkerboard landscape. National Geographic, "," 22 Jan. 2020 Last year, Claremont Heritage, a historic preservation center, held an exhibition of her landscapes and abstract paintings. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, "Norma Tanega, Who Sang About a Cat Named Dog, Dies at 80," 17 Jan. 2020 Later, tensions were aggravated by the Lebanese Civil War and by the post-2003 U.S. occupation of Iraq, which remade its sectarian landscape. Time, "History Shows What’s Wrong With the Idea That War Is ‘Normal’ in the Middle East," 13 Jan. 2020 The Succulent Karoo desert stretches out between Namibia and South Africa, and its otherworldly landscapes are home to curious flora and fauna found nowhere else on Earth. Aj Willingham, CNN, "Bushfire heroes, a double twin story and an entertaining cuttlefish," 11 Jan. 2020 The restaurants featured in our slideshow may be prized for having a distinct sense of place, or historical importance in our civic dining landscape. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Tour de Houston: These restaurants define the Bayou City," 6 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In addition to landscaping elements such as plants and trees, the city and the Pearland Economic Development Corp. will erect eight large marker signs, complete with a pear logo, on either side of the freeway within the city. Carissa D. Lamkahouan, Houston Chronicle, "Builder: Texas 288 toll project finish expected this summer," 24 Jan. 2020 An industrial designer who devised one of America’s top-selling dinnerware collections to date, Wright rejected the distinction between indoors and out and spent years landscaping this abandoned quarry with outdoor rooms and pristine sight lines. New York Times, "An Upstate Culture Crawl, Thanks to a $2 Trolley That Drops You Door to Door," 24 July 2019 In addition to an unsightly chain-link fence topped with barbed wire, the property is strewn with weeds, landscaping debris and trash. Parker Leavitt, azcentral, "Readers' picks: Worst Phoenix eyesores of 2015," 4 Nov. 2015 It is nicely landscaped with shrubs and small trees and no grass. oregonlive, "Cut down summer landscape water use with these tips: Ask an expert," 19 Jan. 2020 But the biggest creator of bioswales in the West, and the city that’s giving free native greenery to its citizens and even landscaping it into their rain gardens, is a rainy one: the City of Portland. Dakota Kim, Sunset Magazine, "These Rain Gardens Clean City Stormwater with Flowers and Trees," 10 Jan. 2020 According to a city staff report, the townhomes would improve motorists’ sight lines because the development would reconfigure the driveways and require removal of fencing and landscaping currently on the plot where the homes are proposed. Hillary Davis, Daily Pilot, "Senior-living project at former art museum site advances after Newport council approvals," 14 Aug. 2019 The ring targeted landscaping storage yards, construction sites and vehicle storage lots, prosecutors said. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, "Northeast Ohio theft ring stole excavator, backhoe from construction sites during spree, prosecutors say," 5 Dec. 2019 In arid parts of the West, for example, landscaping a yard with local, drought-tolerant species and opting for mulch over grass can cut household water use by 30 percent. Leslie Nemo, Scientific American, "Cookie-Cutter Suburbs Could Help Spread Sustainable Yards," 3 Dec. 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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Time Traveler for landscape

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The first known use of landscape was in 1598

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7 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Landscape.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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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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