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 In today’s entertainment landscape, there’s little downgrade to being the star of a major Netflix show, especially if that show is successful because of you, versus being a lead in mid-budget movies. Scott Mendelson, Forbes, "Nielsen’s: ‘Firefly Lane’ Puts Katherine Heigl Back On Top," 4 Mar. 2021 Toyoaki Sawano, another surgeon, also moved to Minamisōma General in part to study the bullying of schoolchildren who evacuated to other prefectures and the health issues facing the legions of workers who decontaminated Fukushima’s landscape. Dennis Normile, Science | AAAS, "This physician has studied the Fukushima disaster for a decade—and found a surprising health threat," 4 Mar. 2021 Segal scions are carrying on his landscape-shaping legacy to a lesser degree. Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times, "Appreciation: How Fred Segal’s retail vision forever changed L.A.," 3 Mar. 2021 Element is aged in a CbyCADUS barrel, is meant to celebrate the elements and landscape of the vineyard. Minnah Arshad, Detroit Free Press, "St. Julian Winery celebrates 100th anniversary with 6 limited-edition wines," 3 Mar. 2021 Another landscape-changing force is also threatening San Diego. Michael Smolens Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: San Diego’s unstable real estate," 3 Mar. 2021 In 1885, when Yellowstone was newly created, a marketing team used an Alice in Wonderland motif to promote the park’s seemingly magical landscape. Emily Pennington, Outside Online, "Teetering on the Edge of Volcanoes," 3 Mar. 2021 Visitors to the Central Florida Fairgrounds will find the usual staples of this time of year: sights of the Giant Wheel and midway rides dotting the Orlando landscape and the smell of hot dogs wafting through the air. Patrick Connolly,, "2021 Central Florida Fair ready for fun, with pandemic modifications," 3 Mar. 2021 According to the park’s website, Zion’s open landscape and high cliffs are a popular spot for peregrine falcons to nest every year. Rebekah Wahlberg, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Zion National Park closes climbing routes where falcons often nest," 1 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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, "Rocky River prepares finishing touches for new police station," 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, "2021 checklist to prepare your family for an emergency at home or in a public place," 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, "Richardson nixes plan for new industrial park," 26 Jan. 2021 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

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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 Time Traveler

The first known use of landscape was in 1598

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Last Updated

7 Mar 2021

Cite this Entry

“Landscape.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Mar. 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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