Definition of scenery in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsiːn(ə)ri/


[mass noun]
1The natural features of a landscape considered in terms of their appearance, especially when picturesque: spectacular views of mountain scenery
More example sentences
  • It was a very long day, but we passed through some of the country's most beautiful scenery and landscapes.
  • The last is the best of the three in terms of skiing and scenery.
  • Tourists flock there most of the year to savour its picturesque position among magnificent scenery.
landscape, countryside, country, terrain, topography, setting, surroundings, environment;
view, vista, panorama, prospect, outlook;
cityscape, townscape, roofscape, riverscape, seascape, waterscape, snowscape
2The painted background used to represent natural features or other surroundings on a theatre stage or film set: they had all helped with scenery and costumes
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  • The music was recorded, and the dances were given in costume but without scenery.
  • It looked lovely on television but up-close it was just so much gauze and stage scenery.
  • There may also have been some influence from painted scenery used in the theatre.
stage set, set, flats, backdrop, drop curtain;
setting, background, decor;
British  backcloth;
French coulisse, mise en scène



change of scenery

another way of saying change of scene (see scene).
Example sentences
  • To mark the occasion, I had a change of scenery.
  • More than anything, he might benefit from a change of scenery.
  • Let us just say, there are plenty of individuals who simply decided they wanted a change of scenery for personal reasons.

chew the scenery

informal, chiefly US (Of an actor) overact: the sluggish pace picks up a bit in the second half, when Robbins really gets to chew the scenery
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  • I caught the first half of it when it first aired, and the second half last night, and my oh my can she chew the scenery with the best of them.
  • The film's cast is relatively subdued, and manages to generally avoid chewing the scenery.
  • Drama has its place, but you can't chew the scenery.


Mid 18th century (earlier as scenary): from Italian scenario (see scenario). The change in the ending was due to association with -ery.

Words that rhyme with scenery

beanery, bicentenary, catenary, centenary, deanery, greenery, machinery, plenary, senary, septenary

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Line breaks: scen¦ery

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