Definition of scenery in English:



  • 1The natural features of a landscape considered in terms of their appearance, especially when picturesque.

    ‘spectacular views of mountain scenery’
    • ‘The route chosen includes some of the most impressive cliff scenery and seascapes in the country.’
    • ‘It boasts some of the most beautiful and unspoilt scenery in the country.’
    • ‘Like me, many of the hotel guests simply wanted to unwind, chill out and view the glorious changing scenery.’
    • ‘There's no denying the beauty and charm of a nation famed for its scenery, culture and food.’
    • ‘The scenery on the plateau changes to panoramic views of enormous valleys and lofty mountains.’
    • ‘One of the best parts of the meal is enjoying it outside on the balcony, with a view of the mountain scenery.’
    • ‘She told the driver the address and found herself start to cry as all the familiar scenery surrounded her.’
    • ‘It is a place of wild beauty, a new vista of delightful scenery unfolding at almost every turn of the road.’
    • ‘For a couple of silent minutes, he watched the picturesque scenery flash before him.’
    • ‘At the end of the train was an open caboose where we were able to view the mountain scenery more clearly.’
    • ‘It was a very long day, but we passed through some of the country's most beautiful scenery and landscapes.’
    • ‘The primary concern in his pictures is not with scenery but with the bone-aching toil of the agrarian poor.’
    • ‘The last is the best of the three in terms of skiing and scenery.’
    • ‘Roaring fires, home-cooked food and breathtaking scenery are only part of a romantic weekend getaway.’
    • ‘Tourists flock there most of the year to savour its picturesque position among magnificent scenery.’
    • ‘From Cerdanya, it is an hour-long drive through glorious mountain scenery to Ribes de Freser.’
    • ‘Following many old mountain tracks the walk will take in some brilliant scenery.’
    • ‘This addition to the lake will add much to the area and will attract more people to view its lovely scenery.’
    • ‘The trek took us through breathtaking mountain scenery along ancient trails, streams, brooks, and rivers.’
    • ‘In any case, we are soon captivated by the beauty of the coastal scenery.’
    landscape, countryside, country, terrain, topography, setting, surroundings, environment
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  • 2The painted background used to represent natural features or other surroundings on a theatre stage or film set.

    ‘they had all helped with scenery and costumes’
    • ‘The use of props and scenery is very inventive, there are nice little touches and stunning visual effects.’
    • ‘At the south-west end of the studio floor is the concrete scene dock for storing scenery and properties.’
    • ‘Underneath the stage, there is a workshop for making scenery and a home for all the props.’
    • ‘Among the innovations of the period were movable scenery and the use of actresses.’
    • ‘His scenery is the most evocative of any filmic account of the Holocaust, convincing beyond criticism.’
    • ‘The story is told by Shankar himself, against a bewitching backdrop of Indian scenery.’
    • ‘Shakespeare's magical comedy will be played out against a simple backdrop of parkland scenery, he said.’
    • ‘As an artist, Dunn is very involved in the sculpting of the visual scenery of the stage.’
    • ‘He writes, directs, photographs, edits and probably paints the scenery and makes the chow as well.’
    • ‘It now has top of the range scenery and costumes with a cast that is huge for an amateur group.’
    • ‘Tosca gives the audience a rapturous evening of gorgeous music and fantastic scenery.’
    • ‘That rock 'n' roll scenery may be familiar, but its not often it's rendered as beautifully as this.’
    • ‘The music was recorded, and the dances were given in costume but without scenery.’
    • ‘Theatre and opera were bounded by the physical limitations of scenery and props.’
    • ‘The graphics are a little disappointing, and the backdrops and general scenery are quite poor.’
    • ‘From what I saw, it was difficult to get a feel for the final vision of the production in terms of costumes and scenery.’
    • ‘A period drama using wide screen scenery is not likely to be too effective on the web.’
    • ‘All this is presented against Baroque scenery, with the musicians dressed in rich period costumes.’
    • ‘There may also have been some influence from painted scenery used in the theatre.’
    • ‘It looked lovely on television but up-close it was just so much gauze and stage scenery.’
    stage set, set, flats, backdrop, drop curtain
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Mid 18th century (earlier as scenary): from Italian scenario (see scenario). The change in the ending was due to association with -ery.