Definition of mise en scène in US English:

mise en scène


  • 1usually in singular The arrangement of scenery and stage properties in a play.

    • ‘In a chamber play that foregrounds the intimate relationship between language and the mise en scène, such moments of silence are both pronounced and telling.’
    • ‘The central task of the mise en scène is to place people in some context.’
    • ‘In such a case, the music, the staging and the mise en scène had better be up to more than an evocation of an outmoded theatricality.’
    • ‘She thereby denies a voice to that whole body of writing and associated theory that draws attention to itself in the space between page-based writing and the flesh-and-blood actor in the mise en scène.’
    stage set, set, flats, backdrop, drop curtain
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    1. 1.1 The setting or surroundings of an event or action.
      surroundings, position, situation, environment, background, backdrop, milieu, environs
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French, literally ‘putting on stage’.


mise en scène

/ˌmēz ˌän ˈsen//ˌmiz ˌɑn ˈsɛn/