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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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 The evening panorama from the terrace is about as picture-postcard pretty as Paris gets, though at this late hour the lights on the Eiffel Tower have long since gone out. Chioma Nnadi, Vogue, "Rihanna on Body Image, Turning 30, and Staying Real—No Matter What," 3 May 2018 This experience offers A Bird's Eye View of uninterrupted panoramas over the whole city, ensuring incomparable aerial photos of all the famous attractions. Jim Berleley, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to Dubai," 5 Oct. 2016 Plucked from the house archives or lent by private collectors, the other jewels in this exhibition offer a panorama of de Castellane’s roving imagination from her nearly 20-year tenure as artistic director of Dior Joaillerie. Vogue, "At Dior, a New Look at Vintage Lace," 2 July 2018 Perched on a peninsular rock, the ruins dominate the distillery’s seaside panorama. Liza Weisstuch, New York Times, "The Whisky Chronicles," 23 Apr. 2018 One aspect of that panorama gives him special satisfaction - the sight of snaking lines of cars below on Interstate 5. Tony Bizjak, sacbee, "He just bought the $4.1 million penthouse at the Kings' downtown condo tower. Here's why," 21 June 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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