scene

noun
\ ˈsēn How to pronounce scene (audio) \

Definition of scene

1 : one of the subdivisions of a play: such as
a : a division of an act presenting continuous action in one place
b : a single situation or unit of dialogue in a play the love scene
c : a motion-picture or television episode or sequence
2a : a stage setting
b : a real or imaginary prospect suggesting a stage setting a sylvan scene
3 : the place of an occurrence or action : locale scene of the crime
4 : an exhibition of anger or indecorous behavior He has stolen her salad, but she's too well-mannered to make a scene [=act in a disruptive way].— Vincent Canby
5a : sphere of activity the drug scene
b : situation a bad scene
behind the scenes
1 : out of public view also : in secret
2 : in a position to see the hidden workings taken behind the scenes and told just how in fact the actual government … has operated— William Clark

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Examples of scene in a Sentence

The play's opening scene takes place in the courtyard. The actor was nervous about his big scene. Police are now at the scene.
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Earlier last year, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex began supporting this vital program behind the scenes by hosting a meeting at Kensington Palace with contributors and partners. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "The Royal Fab Four Have Reunited for Their First Joint Project Since Splitting Households," 10 May 2019 The event kicked off a 10-day pop up on Rodeo Drive, where shoppers can purchase the Backstage Collection, a series of exclusive products created by Phillips based off of the ones used behind the scenes at Fashion Week. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "How Bella Hadid Got Ready for Dior Beauty’s Star-Studded Party in L.A.," 9 May 2019 Over the last few months Shout has started working quietly behind the scenes. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Cambridges & Sussexes Launch Mental Health Texting Service Shout," 9 May 2019 But behind the scenes, Riyadh and Washington face a potentially weekslong showdown over the number of extra barrels the kingdom would supply to global markets to keep crude prices stable. Summer Said, WSJ, "Tighter Iranian Oil Sanctions Set Stage for U.S.-Saudi Showdown," 2 May 2019 Hadid Bella Hadid took followers behind the scenes of a very chic Vogue shoot. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Kylie Jenner Dressed as “Captain Marvel” And More of the Weekend’s Stylish Celeb Moments," 29 Apr. 2019 Country star Chris Stapleton has spent most of his career behind the scenes. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Chris Stapleton and His Wife Morgane Are Unrecognizable in This Photo," 27 Apr. 2019 The scene featured the two siblings testing out different samples of fragrances housed in pink, peach, and red bottles shaped just like lips. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Kylie Jenner Is Launching Her First Fragrance With KKW Beauty," 16 Apr. 2019 Elizabeth Liberatore’s byline was omitted from a Mansion article Friday about the food and cultural scene in Scottsdale, Ariz. WSJ, "Corrections & Amplifications," 14 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of scene

circa 1520, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for scene

Middle French, stage, from Latin scena, scaena stage, scene, probably from Etruscan, from Greek skēnē shelter, tent, building forming the background for a dramatic performance, stage; perhaps akin to Greek skia shadow — more at shine

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scene

noun

English Language Learners Definition of scene

: a division of an act in a play during which the action takes place in a single place without a break in time
: a part of a play, movie, story, etc., in which a particular action or activity occurs
: a view or sight that looks like a picture

scene

noun
\ ˈsēn How to pronounce scene (audio) \

Kids Definition of scene

1 : a division of an act in a play
2 : a single interesting or important happening in a play or story a fight scene
3 : the place of an event or action the scene of a crime
4 : a view or sight that resembles a picture a winter scene
5 : a display of anger or bad behavior

scene

Medical Definition of scene

— see primal scene

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