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n. pl. scen·er·ies
1. A view or views of natural features, especially in open country: enjoying the varied mountain scenery.
2. Backdrops, hangings, furnishings, and other accessories on a theater stage or on a film or television set that represent the location of a scene.


n, pl -eries
1. the natural features of a landscape
2. (Theatre) theatre the painted backcloths, stage structures, etc, used to represent a location in a theatre or studio
[C18: from Italian scenario]


(ˈsi nə ri)

1. the general appearance of a place; all the features that give character to a landscape.
2. hangings, draperies, structures, etc., used on a stage to represent a locale or furnish decorative background.
[1740–50; alter. of scenary, now obsolete Anglicized form of scenario, by assimilation of ending to -ery]


, scenic - Scenery was originally theatrical—"a stage depiction of nature"—and it came to be applied to nature itself; scenic first pertained to the theatre and meant "dramatic, theatrical."
See also related terms for theatre.


1. 'scene'

The noun scene has several meanings.

It can refer to a part of a play, film, or novel.

Do you know the balcony scene from 'Romeo and Juliet'?
It was like a scene from a Victorian novel.

The scene of an accident or crime is the place where it happened.

They were only a few miles from the scene of the crime.

You can describe something as a scene of a particular kind when you are giving your impression of the things that are happening there at a particular time.

I entered the room to be greeted by a scene of domestic tranquillity.
The sun rose over a scene of terrible destruction.
2. 'sight'

You use sight to give your impression of the appearance of a particular thing or person.

A volcano erupting is a spectacular sight.
With his ragged clothes and thin face, he was a pitiful sight.

You can use the plural form sights to refer to the interesting things that there are to see in a particular place.

Did you have time to see the sights while you were in Moscow?
A guide offered to show us the sights.

There are some other nouns that are commonly used to refer to things that people see:

3. 'view'

View is used to refer to what you can see from a window or high place.

Her bedroom window looked out on to a superb view of London.
From the top of the hill there is a fine view.
4. 'landscape'

The landscape is what you can see around you when you are travelling through an area of land. You can use this word whether the area is attractive or not.

The landscape around here is very flat.
The train passed through the industrial landscape of eastern Massachusetts.
5. 'scenery'

Scenery refers to what you see around you in an attractive part of the countryside.

We stopped on the way to admire the scenery.
I think Scotland has the most beautiful scenery in the world.

Be Careful!
Scenery is an uncountable noun. Don't talk about 'sceneries' or 'a scenery'.

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.scenery - the painted structures of a stage set that are intended to suggest a particular localescenery - the painted structures of a stage set that are intended to suggest a particular locale; "they worked all night painting the scenery"
backcloth, backdrop, background - scenery hung at back of stage
flat - scenery consisting of a wooden frame covered with painted canvas; part of a stage setting
masking piece, masking - scenery used to block the audience's view of parts of the stage that should not be seen
set piece - a piece of scenery intended to stand alone as part of the stage setting
stage set, set - representation consisting of the scenery and other properties used to identify the location of a dramatic production; "the sets were meticulously authentic"
2.scenery - the appearance of a placescenery - the appearance of a place    
locality, neck of the woods, neighborhood, neighbourhood, vicinity - a surrounding or nearby region; "the plane crashed in the vicinity of Asheville"; "it is a rugged locality"; "he always blames someone else in the immediate neighborhood"; "I will drop in on you the next time I am in this neck of the woods"
landscape - an expanse of scenery that can be seen in a single view
seascape - a view of the sea


1. landscape, view, surroundings, outlook, terrain, vista Sometimes they just drive slowly down the lane enjoying the scenery.
2. (Theatre) set, setting, backdrop, flats, décor, stage set, mise en scène (French) There was a break while the scenery was changed.


The properties, backdrops, and other objects arranged for a dramatic presentation:
المَناظِر على خَشَبَة المَسْرَحمَنْظَرمَنْظَر طَبيعي، مَشْهَد طَبيعي
landslagleikmynd, leiktjöld
phong cảnh


[ˈsiːnərɪ] N
1. (= landscape) → paisaje m
2. (Theat) → decorado m


[ˈsiːnəri] n
(in theatre)décor m, décors mpl
(= landscape) → paysage m
a change of scenery → un changement de décor
to have a change of scenery → changer de décor


(= landscape)Landschaft f; there was no scenery at all to look atdie Landschaft bot überhaupt nichts Sehenswertes; do you like the scenery?gefällt Ihnen die Gegend?; I’m tired of all the city sceneryich bin stadtmüde
(Theat) → Bühnendekoration f, → Kulissen pl


[ˈsiːnərɪ] n (landscape) → paesaggio, panorama m (Theatre) → scenario, scenari mpl


(siːn) noun
1. the place where something real or imaginary happens. A murderer sometimes revisits the scene of his crime; The scene of this opera is laid/set in Switzerland.
2. an incident etc which is seen or remembered. He recalled scenes from his childhood.
3. a show of anger. I was very angry but I didn't want to make a scene.
4. a view of a landscape etc. The sheep grazing on the hillside made a peaceful scene.
5. one part or division of a play etc. The hero died in the first scene of the third act of the play.
6. the setting or background for a play etc. Scene-changing must be done quickly.
7. a particular area of activity. the academic/business scene.
ˈscenery noun
1. the painted background for a play etc on a stage. The scenery looked rather shabby.
2. the general appearance of a landscape etc. beautiful scenery.
ˈscenic adjective
1. of scenery, real or theatrical. clever scenic effects in the film.
2. having beautiful scenery. a scenic highway.
behind the scenes
out of sight of the audience or public.
come on the scene
to arrive. We were enjoying ourselves till she came on the scene.

scenery is never used in the plural.


مَنْظَر krajina sceneri Landschaft σκηνικό paisaje maisema décor krajolik scenario 風景 경치 landschap landskap sceneria cenário пейзаж naturomgivningar ทิวทัศน์ manzara phong cảnh 风景
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