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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During an earlier wave of inter-Korean diplomacy between 1998 and 2008, an arm of the Hyundai conglomerate operated a tourist resort at North Korea’s Mount Kumgang scenic area, close to the border on the east side of the Korean Peninsula. Jonathan Cheng, WSJ, "Entrepreneurs Weigh a Return to North Korea," 27 Nov. 2018 After racing at Road America from 1982-2007, Indy cars made their return to scenic Elkhart Lake in 2016 and have not struggled to attract big crowds. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "IndyCar, Road America reach contract extension," 24 June 2018 That acreage also includes many scenic lakes, creating prime waterfront homesites for new homes. Houston Chronicle, "Elyson offers lakefront living from five leading home builders," 24 June 2018 Harrington Beach State Park, Belgium This state park has a little bit of everything: one mile of sandy beach along Lake Michigan, a scenic lake in an old quarry, restored wetlands and a white cedar and hardwood swamp. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "5 kid-friendly hikes under 2 miles in the Milwaukee area," 4 May 2018 Of the 500 quarries in the United States, some look obviously dangerous (abandoned mines containing leftover construction equipment and machinery, for instance) but others resemble scenic lakes surrounded by cliffs. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Woman's Day, "Mom Warns About the Hidden Dangers of Jumping into Quarries After Losing Son," 1 Aug. 2016 Now The Joshua Tree House, $225 per night for 6 people Ride the Aerial Tramway Experience Coachella Valley's scenic vistas, sans incline, by taking the state park's aerial tramway to the summit. Charlotte Chilton, Town & Country, "What to Do on Your Next Trip to Palm Springs," 5 Mar. 2019 Race exocraft across weird alien terrains, creating race tracks or maybe just scenic trails to share online. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "Your first look at No Man’s Sky’s big multiplayer update in action," 17 July 2018 Our region is home to one of the newest national scenic trails, the New England Trail. Kathryn Miles,, "Yankee grit and the building of the Appalachian Trail," 13 June 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 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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