Definition of mise en scène in English:

mise en scène

Syllabification: mise en scène
Pronunciation: /ˌmēz ˌäN ˈsen


[usually in singular]
  • 1The arrangement of scenery and stage properties in a play.
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    • 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.
    • 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.
  • 1.1The setting or surroundings of an event or action.


French, literally 'putting on stage'.

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