One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A scene in a play, opera, etc., made inevitable and indispensable by the progress of the action; the most important scene of the play, often the climax, which fulfils the expectation created by the plot.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Robert Louis Stevenson (1850–1894), writer. From French scène à faire, lit. ‘scene for action’ from scène + à to + faire do.
scène à faire/ˌsɛn a ˈfɛː//ˌseɪn a ˈfɛː/
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