scen·ery | \ ˈsē-nə-rē , 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


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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Recent Examples on the Web

After a rapid exchange, the passenger spent the rest of the evening enjoying the scenery of the country while munching on a full plate of ribs, greens and bread. Caille Millner,, "All-American road trip — by train," 28 June 2018 For nearly three hours, the scenery on a recent midweek hike through Bradley Mountain changed little: Bushes and trees, rock outcroppings and the occasional small marsh or stream. Don Stacom, Courant Community, "From Vernal Pools To A 200-Foot Cliff: Tilcon And New Britain's Watershed," 27 May 2018 These parties, along with the annual Zoo Lights, Feast with the Beasts, and the brand-new Brew at the Zoo beer festival that debuted in April are a way to reach out to Houstonians who want to experience the scenery after hours without children. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Houston Zoo's summer party series for adults kicks off with a silent disco," 15 May 2018 Douglas takes a risky side trip, but hates the scenery. Ken Jennings, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Myth Behind 'The Highest Mountains in North America'," 7 May 2018 The camera showed maintenance people changing the scenery. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Family wedding could revive family feud," 5 May 2018 Without wildlife, our national preserves are just scenery. Darryl Fears,, "Trump administration moves to end ban on Alaska hunting practices many say are cruel," 22 May 2018 For a change of scenery, cross the street to another Second Sunday on the Mary A. Whalen, an oil tanker that is now used as an educational vessel. New York Times, "Free (or Cheap) Things to Do in NYC This Weekend," 5 July 2018 At every stop, we were awed by the scenery, from the astonishing palette of earthy hues to the stone shapes etching land and sky. Beth J. Harpaz,, "Badlands and history in Theodore Roosevelt National Park," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of scenery

circa 1707, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Phrases Related to scenery

a change of scene/scenery

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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 , 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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a magnificent or impressive array

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