\ ˌmē-ˌzäⁿ-ˈsen How to pronounce mise-en-scène (audio) , -ˈsān \
plural mise-en-scènes\ ˌmē-​ˌzäⁿ-​ˈsen(z) How to pronounce mise-en-scènes (audio) , -​ˈsān(z) \

Definition of mise-en-scène

1a : the arrangement of actors and scenery on a stage for a theatrical production
b : stage setting
2a : the physical setting of an action (as of a narrative or a motion picture) : context this ordinary house that became the mise-en-scène of an extraordinary drama— E. M. Lustgarten
b : environment, milieu enjoyed the mise-en-scène of suburban Miami

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background, setting, environment, milieu, mise-en-scène mean the place, time, and circumstances in which something occurs. background often refers to the circumstances or events that precede a phenomenon or development. the shocking decision was part of the background of the riots setting suggests looking at real-life situations in literary or dramatic terms. a militant reformer who was born into an unlikely social setting environment applies to all the external factors that have a formative influence on one's physical, mental, or moral development. the kind of environment that produces juvenile delinquents milieu applies especially to the physical and social surroundings of a person or group of persons. an intellectual milieu conducive to artistic experimentation mise-en-scène strongly suggests the use of properties to achieve a particular atmosphere or theatrical effect. a gothic thriller with a carefully crafted mise-en-scène

First Known Use of mise-en-scène

1833, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for mise-en-scène

French mise en scène

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“Mise-en-scène.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mise-en-sc%C3%A8ne. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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