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


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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Given that Lake Como is located in Northern Italy and is known for its dramatic scenery, Amal's top could not have been more suited for her getaway. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Amal Clooney’s Monse Shirt Should Be Framed and Hung in Someone’s Living Room," 30 July 2018 For an additional detour, hop over to Savai’i, Samoa’s largest island, known for its breathtaking scenery. USA TODAY, "Deal watch: Seven nights in Fiji and Samoa for $2,349," 12 July 2018 Again, issue is taken not with any type of accolade because Sedona is worthy of many with its superlative scenery. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Tombstone cute? Sedona quaint? Internet, you are so wrong, here's why," 23 May 2018 Their favorite destination is Italy because of its scenery, wine and food. Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, "Katy honors ‘senior of the year’," 7 May 2018 Also, try rolling around on the bed or changing your scenery. Sarah Jio, Woman's Day, "8 Sexy Ways to Burn Calories," 26 May 2016 Not only was the audience treated to a change of scenery—the show was shot in Central Park—but also a look at Carrie's growing baby bump. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Pregnant Carrie Underwood Is Absolutely Glowing in New Live Performance," 15 Sep. 2018 In 2015, after nine years in New York City, stationery designer Jesse Levison and her partner Alex Trendelman sought a change of scenery and moved from New York to Los Angeles. Samantha Weiss Hills, Curbed, "9 maximalist interiors that get the style right," 4 Sep. 2018 Still, a switch of scenery need not equate a downgrade in active glamour. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Kim Kardashian West's Favorite Red Carpet Hair Look is Also her New Workout Signature," 18 July 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, 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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