Definition of scène à faire in US English:

scène à faire


  • 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.