town·​scape | \ ˈtau̇n-ˌskāp How to pronounce townscape (audio) \

Definition of townscape

1 : a representation of an urban scene
2 : a town or city viewed as a scene

Examples of townscape in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 The scenic junction and surrounding Harpers Ferry National Historical Park make for one very picturesque townscape, especially during those leafy autumn months. Condé Nast Traveler, 21 Sep. 2018 Robert Perdziola’s scenery, a perspectival townscape, and costumes are wonderful in color and detail. Alastair Macaulay, New York Times, 22 May 2018 A century ago, giant clocks were part of every cityscape — and even many townscapes. Will Higgins, Indianapolis Star, 20 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of townscape

1867, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Townscape.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of townscape

: the area where a town is and the way it looks
: a picture that shows part or all of a town


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