sce·​nic | \ˈsē-nik also ˈse- \
variants: or less commonly scenical \-​ni-​kəl \

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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scenically \ˈsē-​ni-​k(ə-​)lē 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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Built on the banks of the Yakima River in one of the most scenic canyons in the lower 48, Canyon River Ranch is a true oasis, with a total of 10 condos, a lodge and 20 cabin sites adjacent to Red’s Fly Shop and Canyon River Grill. Canyon River Ranch, The Seattle Times, "Fractional ownership can put a vacation dream within reach," 24 Sep. 2018 The most scenic, most breathtaking trip that I’ve ever been on: Norway. Jen Ortiz, Marie Claire, "The Ultimate Guide to Getting Away," 25 June 2018 Why: The undulating drive south on Oregon 47 takes you past mowed hayfields and vineyards and into Oregon wine country and one of the state’s most scenic downtowns in McMinnville., "Detours worth taking on your next road trip," 20 May 2018 The most scenic stretches of the trail are from Fanning Springs to a mile or so beyond the trestle and the 7-mile-long leg that goes to quaint little Trenton. Bonnie Gross,, "Explore Florida's Gilchrist County: Nature Coast trail offers up slice of North Florida," 6 May 2018 At Jugendherberge Stahleck, one of Europe's most scenic hostels, travelers sleep in a medieval German castle and enjoy a royal view of the Rhine River. Rick Steves, miamiherald, "Think you're too old for hostels? If you're alive, you're young enough to hostel | Miami Herald," 3 May 2018 Mid-Continent Railway Museum, North Freedom This 7-mile ride might be the most scenic of the bunch, taking riders through the beautiful Baraboo Hills. Chelsey Lewis, USA TODAY, "Eight scenic and historic train rides in Wisconsin," 3 Apr. 2018 The Bistro at Gervasi Vineyard last year made OpenTable's list of 100 most scenic restaurants in America. Marc Bona,, "Gervasi Vineyard names distillery, hotel," 30 Mar. 2018 Parks officials suggest 10 scenic destinations that offer free or low-cost fishing, all within a relatively easy drive from Houston. Andy Warren, Houston Chronicle, "Houston-area spring breakers have another low-cost option: Fishing," 8 Mar. 2018

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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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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 \

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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