Definition of scenery in English:



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

    ‘spectacular views of mountain scenery’
    • ‘In any case, we are soon captivated by the beauty of the coastal scenery.’
    • ‘Roaring fires, home-cooked food and breathtaking scenery are only part of a romantic weekend getaway.’
    • ‘For a couple of silent minutes, he watched the picturesque scenery flash before him.’
    • ‘One of the best parts of the meal is enjoying it outside on the balcony, with a view of the mountain scenery.’
    • ‘The route chosen includes some of the most impressive cliff scenery and seascapes in the country.’
    • ‘It was a very long day, but we passed through some of the country's most beautiful scenery and landscapes.’
    • ‘The trek took us through breathtaking mountain scenery along ancient trails, streams, brooks, and rivers.’
    • ‘There's no denying the beauty and charm of a nation famed for its scenery, culture and food.’
    • ‘She told the driver the address and found herself start to cry as all the familiar scenery surrounded her.’
    • ‘Like me, many of the hotel guests simply wanted to unwind, chill out and view the glorious changing scenery.’
    • ‘The last is the best of the three in terms of skiing and scenery.’
    • ‘From Cerdanya, it is an hour-long drive through glorious mountain scenery to Ribes de Freser.’
    • ‘Tourists flock there most of the year to savour its picturesque position among magnificent scenery.’
    • ‘At the end of the train was an open caboose where we were able to view the mountain scenery more clearly.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is a place of wild beauty, a new vista of delightful scenery unfolding at almost every turn of the road.’
    • ‘The scenery on the plateau changes to panoramic views of enormous valleys and lofty mountains.’
    • ‘It boasts some of the most beautiful and unspoilt scenery in the country.’
    • ‘The primary concern in his pictures is not with scenery but with the bone-aching toil of the agrarian poor.’
    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’
    • ‘It looked lovely on television but up-close it was just so much gauze and stage scenery.’
    • ‘All this is presented against Baroque scenery, with the musicians dressed in rich period costumes.’
    • ‘He writes, directs, photographs, edits and probably paints the scenery and makes the chow as well.’
    • ‘The use of props and scenery is very inventive, there are nice little touches and stunning visual effects.’
    • ‘From what I saw, it was difficult to get a feel for the final vision of the production in terms of costumes and scenery.’
    • ‘That rock 'n' roll scenery may be familiar, but its not often it's rendered as beautifully as this.’
    • ‘As an artist, Dunn is very involved in the sculpting of the visual scenery of the stage.’
    • ‘Theatre and opera were bounded by the physical limitations of scenery and props.’
    • ‘Among the innovations of the period were movable scenery and the use of actresses.’
    • ‘At the south-west end of the studio floor is the concrete scene dock for storing scenery and properties.’
    • ‘The music was recorded, and the dances were given in costume but without scenery.’
    • ‘Underneath the stage, there is a workshop for making scenery and a home for all the props.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It now has top of the range scenery and costumes with a cast that is huge for an amateur group.’
    • ‘A period drama using wide screen scenery is not likely to be too effective on the web.’
    • ‘The graphics are a little disappointing, and the backdrops and general scenery are quite poor.’
    • ‘There may also have been some influence from painted scenery used in the theatre.’
    • ‘Tosca gives the audience a rapturous evening of gorgeous music and fantastic scenery.’
    stage set, set, flats, backdrop, drop curtain
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  • change of scenery

    • A move to different surroundings.

      ‘we spent the weekend in Seattle just for a change of scenery’
      • ‘Let us just say, there are plenty of individuals who simply decided they wanted a change of scenery for personal reasons.’
      • ‘Besides, I need a change of scenery for a week.’
      • ‘Needless to say, the change of scenery from the hospital was also welcome.’
      • ‘A change of scenery might be just what he needs.’
      • ‘To mark the occasion, I had a change of scenery.’
      • ‘There are others who could use a change of scenery, too.’
      • ‘More than anything, he might benefit from a change of scenery.’
      • ‘The Rays hope the change of scenery will help.’
      • ‘I'd tried a change of scenery, moving to Manchester in early October.’
      • ‘It might also be time for a change of scenery.’
  • chew the scenery

    • informal (of an actor) overact.

      ‘the sluggish pace picks up a bit in the second half, when Robbins really gets to chew the scenery’
      • ‘The film's cast is relatively subdued, and manages to generally avoid chewing the scenery.’
      • ‘Movies like this require villains who can chew the scenery with the greatest of ease.’
      • ‘He gives a mesmerizing turn; yes, he does chew the scenery, but it's with a methodical intensity that takes him to another level.’
      • ‘It is simply one of Hoskins best performances even if he is chewing the scenery.’
      • ‘He chews the scenery and then washes it all down with an embarrassing hammed-up performance not even worthy of discussion.’
      • ‘When she isn't chewing the scenery she may as well be a piece of it.’
      • ‘Drama has its place, but you can't chew the scenery.’
      • ‘She combines sexiness and creepiness with skill, but tends to chew the scenery a little too much as her screen time goes on.’
      • ‘I caught the first half of it when it first aired, and the second half last night, and my oh my can she chew the scenery with the best of them.’
      • ‘Someone who appears to have lost the early promise of his role in Swingers, Vaughn is allowed to chew the scenery and play the crass American to the hilt.’


Mid 18th century (earlier as scenary): from Italian scenario (see scenario). The change in the ending was due to association with -ery.