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

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 scenic (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 Buyers can start enjoying a country lifestyle with scenic views, pristine pastureland, private and county roads, electric, low wildlife-exempt taxes and more. Chron, "Sneak Preview Land Sale set for Jan. 23-24 near Centerville (Sponsored)," 16 Jan. 2021 According to hundreds of posts, the Cliff House over recent years was beloved for its scenic views of the Pacific Ocean. Justin Phillips,, "‘Like losing Fisherman’s Wharf’ — S.F. diners bemoan loss of Cliff House, though not its food," 15 Dec. 2020 Back in February, the House of Representatives voted to protect more than 1.3 million acres of new wilderness and 1,000 miles of wild and scenic rivers in California, Colorado and Washington. Sammy Roth Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Boiling Point: These wild lands in California and the West may soon get federal protection," 10 Dec. 2020 In the unlikely event cabin fever hits, break the off-the-grid illusion with a visit to the nearby East Point Lighthouse, or with a scenic drive to one of the New Jersey shore towns. Regan Stephens, Condé Nast Traveler, "Best Weekend Getaways from Philadelphia," 15 Jan. 2021 During the early summer when there was no shuttle service due to COVID-19 precautions, the scenic drive was packed with cars filling up parking lots in order to hike The Narrows. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Speaker’s death, concert memorial, open playgrounds: News from around our 50 states," 12 Dec. 2020 Border Patrol agents spotted the three vehicles around 6:30 a.m. traveling north on an off-road scenic route known as Carrie’s Road located in the Jacumba Wilderness area, officials said. San Diego Union-Tribune, "19 Mexican nationals arrested in East County near the border after 3 vehicles drive in from Mexico," 15 Dec. 2020 After going undrafted in 2002, Harrison took the scenic route to pro football greatness. Jim Reineking, USA TODAY, "#MACtion returns Wednesday! Here are the greatest NFL players to come from MAC schools.," 4 Nov. 2020 The couple felt confident enough in those changes to invest in the scenic spot overlooking the Elbow River. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "On Calgary’s Elbow River, a New Home Rises Where Floodwaters Once Flowed," 4 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of scenic

1623, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Last Updated

23 Feb 2021

Cite this Entry

“Scenic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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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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