scen·​ery | \ ˈsē-nə-rē How to pronounce scenery (audio) , ˈsēn-rē\
plural sceneries

Definition of scenery

1 : the painted scenes or hangings and accessories used on a theater stage
2 : a picturesque view or landscape
3 : one's usual surroundings needed a change of scenery

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Synonyms for scenery


decor (or décor), mise-en-scène, scene, set

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Examples of scenery in a Sentence

She designed the scenery for the play. The scenery showed a forest. We went for a drive to enjoy the scenery.
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Enjoy the peaceful, rural scenery from the comfort of your backyard. Monica Lander, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Make it your own private waterfront oasis," 20 Aug. 2019 Frank loved going for long rides on the back roads of Connecticut enjoying the scenery and stopping along the way for a coffee or new place to eat., "Frank Thomas Senerth," 11 July 2019 With a rare price-point and incomparable setting and views, River West is the perfect oasis to enjoy the stunning Colorado scenery. Kelli Williams, The Denver Post, "Live in the heart of Silverthorne along the banks of the Blue River at the new River West development," 27 June 2019 Gigi and Bella Hadid are currently in Florence, Italy for work, but that hasn't stopped them from enjoying the scenery, and the wine. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Gigi and Bella Hadid Chugging Wine Together Is a Real Mood," 14 June 2019 Rather, the Scrambler’s party trick is to fade into the background of a ride and to let the rider enjoy the scenery, company, and sensation of being on a motorcycle. Nick Goddard, Popular Mechanics, "The Ducati Scrambler Icon Bike Just Got a Little Sweeter To Ride," 25 Sep. 2018 On its face, this gives us time to pause and look around and enjoy the scenery: the bucolic locations, the flawless acting, the gorgeous imagery. Aja Romano, Vox, "In Sharp Objects, secrets are the sharpest weapons of all," 30 July 2018 Starting north of downtown near Interstate 35E, the trail is known for its scenery, taking bikers around Phalen Park and past the giant snowman in North St. Paul. Molly Korzenowski, Twin Cities, "7 great east metro bike trails that provide an escape into nature," 29 July 2019 Whereas season one’s director Jean-Marc Vallée shot the Pacific waves buffeting craggy rocks with epic grandeur, the director of season two, Andrea Arnold, is less infatuated with the scenery. Rachel Syme, The New Republic, "Big Little Lies Gets Tough," 28 June 2019

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First Known Use of scenery

circa 1707, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of scenery was circa 1707

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English Language Learners Definition of scenery

: the walls, furniture, trees, etc., that are used on a stage during a play or other performance to show where the action is taking place
: a view of natural features (such as mountains, hills, valleys, etc.) that is pleasing to look at
: the things that can be seen where a person lives, works, etc.


scen·​ery | \ ˈsē-nə-rē How to pronounce scenery (audio) , ˈsēn-rē\

Kids Definition of scenery

1 : the painted scenes used on a stage and the furnishings that go with them
2 : pleasant outdoor scenes or views mountain scenery
3 : a person's usual surroundings I need a change of scenery.

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