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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The leaves are changing but the weather’s still warm(ish), so your tip will be super scenic and IG-worthy but not too cold or snowy for exploring. The Editors, Seventeen, "The Best Road Trips to Take With Your Besties," 27 Aug. 2018 Still, that's a galling timeframe for powering up a motorcycle, especially in light of the fact that your cell phone pales in comparison—and cannot transport you across a scenic highway. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Zero's New SR/F Electric Motorcycle Charges as Fast as Your Cell Phone," 25 Feb. 2019 The Bixby Bridge Photo: Frans Lanting/ZUMA Wire Event of the year Big Sur International Marathon The last Sunday of every April, runners race 26.2 miles from Big Sur north to Carmel along California’s scenic Highway 1. Jessica Flint, WSJ, "Big Sur Blends Rustic Charm With Sleek Design," 12 Feb. 2019 So increasingly, hackers have taken the scenic route—through the Internet of Things. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "An Elaborate Hack Shows How Much Damage IoT Bugs Can Do," 16 Apr. 2018 Hiking is also a must: Casewit recommends completing the 3-mile hike to Esmeralda Lagoon for an easy and scenic hike. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "An Awe-Inspiring Visit to Ushuaia, Argentina, Also Known as “the End of the World”," 29 Nov. 2018 Some are abstract while others are scenic, but all will transport you to a world beyond your walls. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, "Interior Designers Predict the Next Major Wallpaper Trends," 12 Mar. 2019 The structure was meant to serve as a planetarium, restaurant, and scenic overlook—a day-trip destination for people who would head to the building as a tourist attraction and then return home. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Lost Frank Lloyd Wright buildings reimagined in new renderings," 5 Nov. 2018 The scenic, mile-long path promises a quintessential New England experience: waterfront mansions, craggy cliffs, lighthouses, and stunning beaches. Lindsay Silberman, Town & Country, "The Perfect Weekend in Ogunquit, Maine," 24 Oct. 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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