pan·​o·​rama | \ˌpa-nə-ˈra-mə, -ˈrä- \

Definition of panorama 

1a : cyclorama sense 1

b : a picture exhibited a part at a time by being unrolled before the spectator

2a : an unobstructed or complete view of an area in every direction provides a panorama of the entire bay

b : a comprehensive presentation of a subject a panorama of American history

c : range faced a panorama of problems

3 : a mental picture of a series of images or events

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Other Words from panorama

panoramic \ˌpa-​nə-​ˈra-​mik, -​ˈrä-​ \ adjective
panoramically \ˌpa-​nə-​ˈra-​mi-​k(ə-​)lē, -​ˈrä-​ \ adverb

Examples of panorama in a Sentence

we admired the breathtaking panorama from the top of the mountain

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Hole up at the One Iron Bar, which has panoramas of the golf course, two fireplaces (one indoor, one outdoor), and a list of martinis. 4. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Resorts in the U.S.: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 Photojournalists have deployed a familiar toolbox of artful devices to distill these panoramas of destruction down to human scale, particularize the war and speak to a wider public. Michael Kimmelman, New York Times, "The Numbing Familiarity of Searing Images From Syria," 3 Mar. 2018 Visit Manchester and climb Equinox Mountain, taking in colorful panoramas that stretch from New York to New Hampshire. Paul Rubio, Condé Nast Traveler, "Beautiful Places to See New England Fall Foliage This Year," 5 Oct. 2018 Three different prints were used to make this panorama published in the Feb. 13, 1914, Los Angeles Times. Scott Harrison,, "From the Archives: 1914 Times cooking class," 5 July 2018 The result is a panorama of atomic grotesquerie that is at once troubling, surprising and ruthlessly entertaining. The Economist, "Secrets and lies of the nuclear age," 7 June 2018 My nearest companion, 50 feet ahead, appeared a tiny figure against the vast panoramas; the figures ahead of him were no more than dots. Carey Jones, Vogue, "On a Remote Glacier in the Middle of Alaska, I Learned the Magic of Disconnecting," 12 July 2018 The city gradually expanded from a simple gray outline to a colorful panorama of buildings, people, vehicles and storefronts. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, "The future of Ford: Connecting cars, bikes, stoplights," 9 Jan. 2018 The parking lot is often at capacity with shooters capturing the panorama of El Capitan, Bridalveil Fall, and Half Dome. Sunset, "How to Take a Stunning Yosemite Road Trip by Motorcycle," 22 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of panorama

1791, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for panorama

pan- + Greek hórāma "something seen, sight, spectacle," from horā-, stem of horân "to look, see" + -ma, resultative noun suffix — more at ware entry 2

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English Language Learners Definition of panorama

: a full and wide view of something

: a way of showing or telling something that includes a lot of information and covers many topics : a thorough presentation of a subject

: a group that includes many different people or things : a wide selection


pan·​o·​rama | \ˌpa-nə-ˈra-mə, -ˈrä-\

Kids Definition of panorama

: a clear complete view in every direction

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