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 And in the third photo, taken from behind, Brooksbank walks through a scenic field of daffodils, by a lake. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Princess Eugenie Gushes Over "Exceptional" Husband Jack Brooksbank in a Birthday Instagram Post," 4 May 2021 The graduation will be held outdoors on Cadet Memorial Field — a traditional spot that is known for blazing sun in the middle of the day, overlooking the scenic Thames River. Christopher Keating,, "President Biden visiting Connecticut May 19 to speak at U.S. Coast Guard Academy commencement," 3 May 2021 America's national parks are filled with jaw-dropping views, but some are more scenic than others, offering magnificent, screensaver-worthy backdrops. Skye Sherman, Travel + Leisure, "The 10 Most Scenic Overlooks in U.S. National Parks," 3 May 2021 That value surged last year as COVID-19 closed borders and drove Taiwanese to look for scenic getaways at home. Ralph Jennings, The Christian Science Monitor, "Orchid Island became Taiwan’s tourist hotspot. Does it want to be?," 3 May 2021 May 20-23, 27-30 Held at Kaatsbaan’s scenic 153-acre grounds in Tivoli, New York, the two-weekend event is a culture-lover’s feast. Ariana Marsh, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Culture Lover’s May Guide," 3 May 2021 The trip started an annual tradition of Chippewa Muskie Club sojourns to the scenic, mostly-undeveloped water body. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: The fishing opener always brings optimism. But this one? Oh, yeah, this one was extra special.," 2 May 2021 This was one of the early houses in the scenic area around Birmingham’s Quarton Lake, north of the city’s downtown. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "Neighbors call $3.5M Birmingham home the 'fairy tale house'," 24 Apr. 2021 Tastings take place in a scenic picnic area and include wines from nearby vines. Los Angeles Times, "Wine tasting in Napa and Sonoma will never be the same. Here’s why that’s a good thing," 2 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of scenic

1623, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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6 May 2021

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“Scenic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 May. 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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