scen·​ery | \ ˈsē-nə-rē How to pronounce scenery (audio) , ˈsēn-rē \
plural sceneries

Definition of scenery

1 : the painted scenes or hangings and accessories used on a theater stage
2 : a picturesque view or landscape
3 : one's usual surroundings needed a change of scenery

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Examples of scenery in a Sentence

She designed the scenery for the play. The scenery showed a forest. We went for a drive to enjoy the scenery.
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Recent Examples on the Web In truth, this is just a snapshot look at fishing opportunities and ways to take in the scenery. Bill May,, 3 Oct. 2021 His scenery-chewing belongs in a lighter and looser movie, representing one pole of subpar acting while Pawlowski’s stiff underplaying (think Sam Worthington) represents the other. Charles Bramesco, Vulture, 25 Aug. 2021 Those who don’t want to hike up the side of the mountain can pay to take a scenic chairlift ride and soak in the scenery from a higher vantage point. oregonlive, 8 June 2021 Residents are demonstrating increasing interest in coworking spaces with ample room — or reservation capabilities, to help with social distancing — for a change in scenery during the WFH boom. Lucas Haldeman, Forbes, 2 June 2021 Jake DeBrusk could benefit from a change in scenery, particularly if Taylor Hall extends his stay and pushes him further down the Bruins’ left wing depth chart., 15 May 2021 The appeal of the hike wasn’t the reward of a hot spring, just the pleasure of being outdoors and in the mountain scenery, the couple said. Gregory Thomas, San Francisco Chronicle, 16 Apr. 2021 For the roughly 200 year-round residents of Whittier, this loss amounts to far more than just a change in scenery. Todd Nelson, Star Tribune, 5 Apr. 2021 This summer, while people have been keen for a change of scenery, travelers have predominantly been opting to stay a little closer to home. Dana Dunne, Forbes, 16 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of scenery

circa 1707, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of scenery was circa 1707

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6 Oct 2021

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“Scenery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of scenery

: the walls, furniture, trees, etc., that are used on a stage during a play or other performance to show where the action is taking place
: a view of natural features (such as mountains, hills, valleys, etc.) that is pleasing to look at
: the things that can be seen where a person lives, works, etc.


scen·​ery | \ ˈsē-nə-rē How to pronounce scenery (audio) , ˈsēn-rē \

Kids Definition of scenery

1 : the painted scenes used on a stage and the furnishings that go with them
2 : pleasant outdoor scenes or views mountain scenery
3 : a person's usual surroundings I need a change of scenery.

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