pan·​o·​rama ˌpa-nə-ˈra-mə How to pronounce panorama (audio) -ˈrä- How to pronounce panorama (audio)
: a picture exhibited a part at a time by being unrolled before the spectator
: an unobstructed or complete view of an area in every direction
provides a panorama of the entire bay
: a comprehensive presentation of a subject
a panorama of American history
: range
faced a panorama of problems
: a mental picture of a series of images or events

Example Sentences

we admired the breathtaking panorama from the top of the mountain
Recent Examples on the Web By inscribing the action over a large span of time, and by specifying matters of public policy that play a role in the drama, Rockwell (who both wrote and directed the film) simultaneously looks deeply at her characters’ experiences and appropriately exalts them as figures in a panorama of history. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 29 Mar. 2023 Glaviano is a leading figure in the panorama of international photographic criticism. Condé Nast, Vogue, 29 Mar. 2023 Blu, on the 23rd floor of the hotel’s tower, offers a soaring panorama of the lake and downtown. Jennifer Brett, ajc, 5 Aug. 2022 The book’s structure is a panorama. Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, 14 June 2021 The superb 237 square meter terrace offers an exceptional panorama all over Roquebrune bay and Monaco beaches. Cécilia Pelloux, Forbes, 1 Apr. 2023 Take a side trip to Keys View — its 5,000 foot elevation provides a striking panorama. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 27 Mar. 2023 The road out of Antakya offers a panorama of the outpouring of support for survivors. Nimet Kirac,, 18 Feb. 2023 Sophisticated Turk-Asian cuisine and libations highlight the epicurean delights at the property’s rooftop restaurant and bar, where an expansive terrace provides a sublime panorama of the Bosphorus and the hotel’s vast grounds. Robb Report Studio, Robb Report, 5 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1791, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of panorama was in 1791

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Cite this Entry

“Panorama.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a picture shown a part at a time by being unrolled before the spectator
: a full and clear view in every direction
: a complete presentation of a subject

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