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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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 There’s certainly a lot of roadside scenery to share. Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Harley-Davidson riders in Prague share a parade, stories, at a rally that fuels their passion," 7 July 2018 For a float that’s purely about magnificent scenery, try the Merced River in Yosemite National Park. Sara Cagle,, "Here are five float-friendly rivers perfect for a long and lazy afternoon," 29 June 2018 Precosky, an accomplished mountain runner whose victories include two at Bird Ridge and six at Mount Marathon, said bears have become part of the scenery at Bird Ridge in the last several years. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "A year after fatal bear attack, family will return to Bird Ridge for ‘Jack’s Run’," 15 June 2018 One such way is through the use of digital projection to transform the Hollywood Bowl's iconic facade into dynamic scenery for the story. Rebecca Sun, The Hollywood Reporter, "Meet the Agent Directing 'Beauty and the Beast Live' at the Hollywood Bowl," 24 May 2018 As her husband, Nello, baritone Valdis Jansons displayed a scenery-chewing intensity but had difficulty transitioning between jealous rage and regret. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "A Pair of U.S. Premieres at Spoleto Festival USA," 29 May 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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