town·​scape ˈtau̇n-ˌskāp How to pronounce townscape (audio)
: a representation of an urban scene
: a town or city viewed as a scene

Examples of townscape in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ceruti paints all these figures with an intensity of focus, leaving the setting either largely blank — an empty room, a stone wall, the simple suggestion of a forest — or, in five of the 17, a townscape or farmhouse. Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times, 31 July 2023 Founded in the 1990s, Poundbury has grown into a community of around 3,800 residents who live in an eclectic mix of low-rise houses and apartments built mostly to traditional designs, from Georgian townhouses to Italianate squares, though a few modern structures dot the townscape. Simon Montlake, The Christian Science Monitor, 27 Sep. 2022 Varenna packs its 800 residents into a compact townscape — tight as 50 oysters overloading a too-small rock. Rick Steves,, 21 Oct. 2021 For many Dubliners, the decision to redevelop the literary landmark is symptomatic of a wider erasure of the city’s street life and townscape by commercial development. New York Times, 11 May 2021 Being a historical landmark, its bright colors have been grandfathered into the townscape, immune from modern ordinances that dictate more muted, desert-like colors, which often translates to darker, bar- and nightclub-appropriate color schemes. Jill Burke, Travel + Leisure, 22 Mar. 2021 Trinkets and souvenirs filled the shelves of boutiques by the ferry terminal, and behind them stood shops, hotels, and office blocks that looked almost space-age after the dilapidated, weatherworn townscapes of the Comoros. Tommy Trenchard, Harper's magazine, 6 Jan. 2020 It’s hard to imagine the townscape without the Church of Christ tower, but this Evangelical church wasn’t established until the 18th century, when freedom to exercise religion was granted to Protestant residents. Danielle Page, National Geographic, 4 Nov. 2019 As Laurel’s remaining landmark businesses head toward extinction — Nuzbacks Bar and the Tastee Diner are both up for sale, Friend said — the townscape grows increasingly homogeneous. Patti Restivo,, 4 Oct. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1867, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of townscape was in 1867

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“Townscape.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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