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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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 The event is near the overall length of traditional Olympic triathlons, and revered worldwide for its iconic scenery and unforgiving Bay Area conditions. Megan Cassidy, San Francisco Chronicle, 15 Aug. 2021 While Hard has changed its scenery often over the years, its lineup curation remains top-notch. Krystal Rodriguez, Billboard, 20 July 2021 Stylish contemporary house full of glass for the scenery. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, 10 July 2021 Known for its inspiring scenery and sense of adventure, Greater Palm Springs is Southern California’s most storied resort oasis. Roger Sands, Forbes, 7 July 2021 Now, after the birth of their daughter Willa last year, the elder Jonas seems to be looking for some new scenery. Jada Jackson, House Beautiful, 25 June 2021 The beta gave a great overview of the game’s potential, from its vivid scenery to its robust global chat, but also highlighted a lot of its shortcomings. Washington Post, 24 May 2021 With dramatic theatricality, but in a realistic style, the country’s leaders are portrayed almost as religious icons, while workers appear as heroes, and landscapes accentuate the power and grandeur of its natural scenery. New York Times, 5 May 2021 All year long, many of us have been working inside, with the same four walls as our only scenery. Nishka Dhawan, USA TODAY, 6 Apr. 2021

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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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12 Sep 2021

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“Scenery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2021.

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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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