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 But some people are making plans to travel later this year for a change of scenery and to take advantage of deals in high-demand locales, according to research conducted by the vacation rental online marketplace Vrbo. oregonlive, "Escape to the middle of nowhere: Stay in a serene Oregon vacation home surrounded by nature," 28 Aug. 2020 The scenery is a thrill, but it’s the stops and sights along the way — each seemingly more mind-blowing than the last — that make the Route 66 road trip. Anne Olivia Bauso, Travel + Leisure, "The Ultimate Route 66 Road Trip Guide," 22 Aug. 2020 Unlike with the tighter confines of the two-person rear seat and scenery-blocking cabinetry of our Eurovan, my son and daughter appreciated at vast, motion sickness-preventing views provided by the Metris’s expansive windows. Chris Dixon, Popular Mechanics, "After 17 Years, We Finally Have the Rightful Heir to the Vanagon," 21 Aug. 2020 That's indicative of Tomlin's work overall—there's just not a ton of aimless scenery-chewing stuff, long character monologues, or overwrought action sequences. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Netflix’s Project Power, the most fun you won’t have at the movies this summer," 16 Aug. 2020 However, the scenery alone is enough to transport you to a lazy afternoon basking in the Tuscan countryside. Jennifer Nalewicki, Smithsonian Magazine, "Ten American Towns That Feel Like Europe," 11 Aug. 2020 The scenery is compelling, the soundscape and voice acting are incredibly lush, and the humorous touches scattered throughout landed more often than not. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Wasteland 3 impressions: Post-apocalyptic tactics, ethics, and economics," 26 Aug. 2020 The scenery, sounds, and serenity are like no other. cleveland, "Akron Zoo’s Caroline Lutz talks favorite local dining choices: Five for Friday," 21 Aug. 2020 In the meantime, teams behind in their series now have to figure out how to change the results without a change of scenery. Brian Mahoney, Star Tribune, "Toughest NBA rival is bubble, where 'every day is Wednesday'," 21 Aug. 2020

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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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11 Sep 2020

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“Scenery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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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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