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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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 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 See More

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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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Cite this Entry

“Townscape.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

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