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

Definition of panorama

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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And in the summer months, mosey east to seasonal Anable Basin Sailing Bar & Grill for some kielbasa and an epic Manhattan panorama. Ali Francis, Vogue, "7 Long Island City Restaurants You Should Try Before, Well, Amazon," 20 Nov. 2018 Archivist Mary Hammer lays out old, large-format panorama photos to dry. Morning Brief, The Seattle Times, "Aberdeen museum recovers history from a fire, and Seattle is opening more tiny-house villages | Tuesday Morning Brief, July 17," 17 July 2018 The panoramas were created in the 1980s and 90s as part of a poster program to promote the national parks. Betsy Mason, National Geographic, "Gorgeous Panoramic Paintings of National Parks Now Online," 28 June 2018 With vistas over the shells of the Sydney Opera House too, Aria would be worth a visit just for those postcard panoramas. Sophie Davies, Condé Nast Traveler, "29 Best Restaurants in Sydney," 14 Mar. 2018 Those same panorama windows also include a wing door window to allow access in and out. Megan Barber, Curbed, "This $67K camper is also a boat," 5 Sep. 2018 But when the curtains open, with sweeping panoramas of the mythic landscape, the no-frills room is but a minor detail. Amy Tara Koch, Vogue, "Can an Intermediate Skier Take on the Chilean Andes? Yes, and It’s a Party at Ski Portillo," 12 Sep. 2018 The result is his new series of striking vertical panoramas — from the back pew to the altar and everything in between. Lauren Piro, House Beautiful, "These Panoramas of Church Ceilings Are Truly Jaw-Dropping," 28 Sep. 2015 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

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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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The first known use of panorama was in 1791

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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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