Definition of scenic in English:

scenic

adjective

  • 1Providing or relating to views of impressive or beautiful natural scenery:

    ‘the scenic route from Florence to Siena’
    ‘scenic beauty’
    • ‘The doctor's home, a two-bedroom ranch-style house, is located high above a scenic lagoon with a beautiful view of the ocean.’
    • ‘Enjoying Bulgaria's natural scenic beauty, she takes every opportunity to explore it and to record it in photographs.’
    • ‘The beautiful building, scenic surroundings, and superior staff will make you feel like royalty, living in a real palace.’
    • ‘The scenic route gives a picturesque view of the whole of North Kerry and West Limerick as well as a close look at the Clare coastline.’
    • ‘The trekking routes will cover some of the most scenic spots on the Western Ghats.’
    • ‘Kauai delivers breathtaking scenic views and a world of phenomenal sights.’
    • ‘The Garden route is one of the country's most scenic drives.’
    • ‘The walk will cover some of the most scenic coastal routes around Cape Town and the Cape of Good Hope.’
    • ‘This is the by far most beautiful and scenic of the popular routes.’
    • ‘Her first impressions on arrival was the scenic beauty, the lovely animals and the freshness of the air.’
    • ‘Please keep our town, and our beautiful scenic environment tidy, and litter free.’
    • ‘As is commonplace in this region of the county the surroundings are the main attraction with scenic views and a quiet country lifestyle on offer.’
    • ‘There's a really great scenic overlook near here.’
    • ‘After a full day of absorbing the scenic views of the beautiful outside creations, can you imagine coming home to bare walls at each corner?’
    • ‘This is a beautiful part of the mountains with some lovely scenic views.’
    • ‘Both groups defended the decision to grant permission, both arguing that the view of the turbines from scenic routes would be limited.’
    • ‘The walk will be suitable for all age groups and will be a pleasant afternoons activity taking in some lovely scenic views.’
    • ‘We did take the more scenic route, and it took about an hour each way.’
    • ‘Those who ventured outside the convention halls to enjoy the warm weather and the view of Vancouver's scenic waterfront heard the drums.’
    • ‘He could not have picked a better or more scenic location.’
    picturesque, pretty, pleasing, attractive, lovely, beautiful, charming, pretty as a picture, easy on the eye
    impressive, striking, spectacular, breathtaking
    panoramic
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  • 2[attributive] Relating to theatrical scenery:

    ‘a scenic artist from the Royal Opera House’
    • ‘The company has also benefited from a new scenic designer who has worked in theatre and film.’
    • ‘The elimination of all but minimal stage props and scenic effects places the emphasis squarely on the actor and the word.’
    • ‘She trained in theatre design at Bristol Old Vic and worked as a designer, scenic artist and prop-maker for 15 years.’
    • ‘Also laudable were the sets and puppets designed by veteran scenic artist Carter and several others.’
    • ‘It is hard to tell whether the four characters or the four chairs, the principal scenic element, are more involving.’
    • ‘Sir William Davenant rewrote the play to suit the tastes and concerns of Restoration audiences and the scenic possibilities of Restoration playhouses in 1664.’
    • ‘With very little means, Ulmer created some impressive scenic beauty, and even a few poetic visual effects.’
    • ‘After moving to Calgary in 1976, she found her way into theatre first as a props builder, then as a scenic artist.’
    • ‘Charming scenic effects aside, Bedford clearly decided that the standard costume was not appropriate for her.’
    • ‘Though she's known for her powerful sense of drama and has often deployed startling scenic effects as well as spoken text, Rain is a spectacle made from just a few materials.’
    • ‘Beyond the proscenium arch was the scenic stage, which featured three tiers of movable shutters and their corresponding tiers of masking wings.’
    • ‘Mr Wathey, who started his career in 1942 as a scenic artist at Bradford's Alhambra theatre, set up an artist's studio with David Hockney in Bridlington.’
    • ‘By such reasoning a choreographer was on a level with an opera director or a scenic designer rather than an opera composer.’
    • ‘Later still, in Rome, sketches of low life performed by several actors with masks and scenic effects became so popular that they drove both tragedy and comedy from the stage.’
    • ‘Students may also choose courses in stagecraft, lighting, scenic design, and costume construction.’
    • ‘He currently teaches theatrical scenic design at the Bullis School in Potomac, Maryland.’
    • ‘It was first applied in the Theatre of Dionysus at Athens in the second half of the 5th century BC, when drama began to require more elaborate scenic arrangements.’
    • ‘He was an editor, cartoonist, film maker and scenic artist with ABC television before his solo exhibition with Watters Gallery in Sydney in 1966.’
  • 3(of a picture) representing an incident:

    ‘the trend to scenic figural work’

Origin

Early 17th century (in the sense ‘theatrical’): via Latin from Greek skēnikos of the stage, from skēnē (see scene).

Pronunciation:

scenic

/ˈsiːnɪk/