sce·​nic | \ ˈsē-nik also ˈse- How to pronounce scenic (audio) \
variants: or less commonly scenical \ -​ni-​kəl How to pronounce scenical (audio) \

Definition of scenic

1 : of or relating to the stage, a stage setting, or stage representation
2 : of or relating to natural scenery a scenic view
3 : representing an action, event, or episode a scenic bas-relief

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Other Words from scenic

scenically \ ˈsē-​ni-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce scenically (audio) also  ˈse-​ \ adverb

Examples of scenic in a Sentence

the scenic beauty of the countryside Our hotel had a scenic view of the lake. The country around here is very scenic.
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Recent Examples on the Web The scenic and treacherous artery, built during the seventies to support construction of the 789-mile Trans-Alaska Pipeline, stretches from Prudhoe Bay to Livengood, not far from Fairbanks, and is the setting for the reality show Ice Road Truckers. David Wolman, Outside Online, "The Man Who Chases Auroras to Push Away Darkness," 6 Jan. 2020 The other perks are coffees shops, decent restaurants, nightlife and the chance to take scenic, head-clearing walks on the river. Greg Jefferson,, "Air Force tech startup turns Silicon Valley history on its head," 13 Dec. 2019 Driving slow and keeping your eyes on the road, no matter how scenic, are your safest bets. Rosie Siefert,, "What to do if you spin out on black ice," 10 Dec. 2019 The prevailing belief is that coastal travelers have turned to the skies, favoring speedy and ever-more reliable jet traffic over more leisurely, scenic and cheaper ferry trips. Elwood Brehmer, Anchorage Daily News, "Aging fleet and declining ridership plague Alaska’s public ferry system," 14 Nov. 2019 Start in Lake Mills for a scenic and self-guided driving tour of artist studios Oct. 26-27. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Halloween Legends & Lore, Ghoulees in the Coulees and more to do around Wisconsin this weekend," 25 Oct. 2019 On the Cuyahoga, paddling experiences vary from calm and scenic in the upper river near Hiram to challenging white water in the gorge of Cuyahoga Falls to the industrial shipping channel in Cleveland. Laura Johnston, cleveland, "Cuyahoga River to be officially designated Ohio water trail," 2 Oct. 2019 There are also more than a thousand scenic and historic trails across the country ready for your trekking pleasure. Esther Trattner, San Diego Union-Tribune, "15 trips to take in retirement," 24 Sep. 2019 From the scenic cave views of Santorini to desert-loving across the sands of Marrakech, travelers took their steamy romances to new levels, spreading #BlackLove all over the globe. Danielle Pointdujour, Essence, "19 Couples Who Took Swoon-Worthy Baecations In 2019," 30 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of scenic

1623, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of scenic was in 1623

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16 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Scenic.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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How to pronounce scenic (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of scenic

: having, providing, or relating to a pleasing or beautiful view of natural scenery (such as mountains, hills, valleys, etc.)


sce·​nic | \ ˈsē-nik How to pronounce scenic (audio) \

Kids Definition of scenic

1 : having views of pleasant natural features We took a scenic drive in the country.
2 : relating to stage scenery scenic design

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