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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And, hey, if the movie isn’t as comedically golden as Bridesmaids, there’s at least a ton of picturesque scenery and drinking debauchery to enjoy (and partake in, obviously) while watching it. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Wine Country Looks Like the Next Bridesmaids," 11 Apr. 2019 Consider the comic below, for instance, where Nancy (the little girl with the bow in her hair) and her friend Sluggo remain stationary in the frame, and the action consists entirely of scenery that simply appears around them. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Nancy, a 1930s comic strip, was the funniest thing I read in 2018," 26 Dec. 2018 And while there's no real-life Christmas village to be found in that state, fans can see all of the same snowy scenery by visiting the movie's filming location of Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Hallmark's 'Welcome to Christmas' Movie Was Filmed in a Real-Life Winter Wonderland," 9 Dec. 2018 Even simpler levels often force you to manage elevators, door switches, rotating platforms, and bits of scenery that move and shift on regular intervals. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Overcooked 2 puts some icing on the original’s delicious co-op cake," 7 Aug. 2018 The change of scenery is notable, especially as Kate Middleton and Prince William spend most of their time in their apartment in Kensington Palace. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry & Prince William's Kensington Palace Split Will Reportedly Happen "Within Weeks"," 17 Feb. 2019 Making out enemies and allies alike is easy enough, which is the graphics' saving grace, and there's definitely color and scenery variety between the nine online maps. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Feel better about your PlayStation VR with sweet new games Astro Bot, Firewall," 11 Oct. 2018 This, along with Callaghan’s dialogue, is a lot to put on the shoulders of one actor, but Kiki Abba is up for the challenge, and brings verve and humanity to a role that could go very scenery-chewy very quickly. Megan Burbank, The Seattle Times, "Kiki Abba, frank body-image talk and a cupcake keep ‘Everything You Touch’ on track," 25 Sep. 2018 Aside from booze, Portugal’s second city has some of the best scenery in the country—and some of the best shopping, too: think idiosyncratic artwork, crafts, and handmade clothing. Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Cities in the World: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018

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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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to affect and impair by alcohol or a drug

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