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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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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Recent Examples on the Web

This is understandable, of course; America has some of the most glorious scenery in the world. Charles C. W. Cooke, National Review, "Why Shoot Prairie Dogs?," 11 July 2019 So perhaps a change of scenery will prove the panacea. Ira Winderman,, "ASK IRA: Does Butler’s arrival mean less opportunity for Herro?," 4 July 2019 Maybe both sides would benefit from a change of scenery. David Haugh,, "Column: Theo Epstein needs to make bold moves — such as trading Kyle Schwarber or Addison Russell — if the Cubs hope to make a playoff run," 30 June 2019 From $1,699 per person, Northwest Nostalgia Uncruise Adventure’s new eight-day cruise on the Columbia and Snake rivers thrusts you into some of the most dramatic scenery in the Pacific Northwest. Mark Childress, WSJ, "The Debate Over Cruise Vacations: Wonderful or Torturous?," 14 Aug. 2018 Blame it on the views, with some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world. Marlise Kast-myers,, "Medal-worthy Whistler," 27 Mar. 2018 River Parkways: West River Parkway in Minneapolis and East River Parkway in St. Paul offer some of the prettiest scenery in the region. Catherine Watson,, "The big game may be over, but you'll warm to Minneapolis. We promise.," 4 Feb. 2018 The clunky set is a mishmash of video and hard pieces of scenery, filling just a portion of the stage at the Chicago Theatre. Chris Jones,, "‘Pride and Joy’ at Chicago Theatre: Marvin Gaye musical has little about the singer himself," 20 June 2019 Allen was last year’s first-rounder, but didn’t see much of the floor as a rookie, and the change of scenery may help him. Jeremy Woo,, "Trade Grades: Mike Conley Deal Pushes Grizzlies Past Grit-and-Grind Era," 19 June 2019

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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 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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