scenario

play
noun sce·nar·io \sə-ˈner-ē-ˌō, US also and especially British -ˈnär-\

Definition of scenario

plural

scenarios

  1. 1a :  an outline or synopsis of a play; especially :  a plot outline used by actors of the commedia dell'arteb :  the libretto of an opera

  2. 2a :  screenplayb :  shooting script

  3. 3 :  a sequence of events especially when imagined; especially :  an account or synopsis of a possible course of action or events <his scenario for a settlement envisages…reunification — Selig Harrison>

Examples of scenario in a sentence

  1. A possible scenario would be that we move to the city.

  2. The most likely scenario is that he goes back to school in the fall.

  3. The best-case scenario would be for us to finish the work by tomorrow.

  4. In the worst-case scenario, we would have to start the project all over again.

Origin and Etymology of scenario

Italian, from Latin scaenarium place for erecting stages, from scaena stage


First Known Use: 1875

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SCENARIO Defined for English Language Learners

scenario

play
noun sce·nar·io \sə-ˈner-ē-ˌō, US also and especially British -ˈnär-\

Definition of scenario for English Language Learners

  • : a description of what could possibly happen

  • : a written description of a play, movie, opera, etc.



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