Definition of scenery noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈsiːnəri//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsiːnəri//
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  1. 1the natural features of an area, such as mountains, valleys, rivers and forests, when you are thinking about them being attractive to look at The scenery is magnificent. to enjoy the scenery Synonymscountrylandscape countryside terrain land sceneryThese are all words for areas away from towns and cities, with fields, woods and farms.country (often the country) an area that is away from towns and cities, especially one with particular natural features:She lives in the country. an area of wooded countrylandscape everything that you can see when you look across a large area of land, especially in the country:This pattern of woods and fields is typical of the English landscape.countryside land outside towns and cities, with fields, woods and farms. Countryside is usually used when you are talking about the beauty or peacefulness of a country area:a little village in the French countryside.terrain (formal) land. Terrain is used when you are describing the natural features of an area, for example if it is rough, flat, etc:The truck bumped its way over the rough terrain.land (usually the land) the countryside; the way people live in the country as opposed to in towns and cities:Many younger people are leaving the land to find work in the cities.scenery the natural features of an area, such as mountains, valleys, rivers and forests, especially when these are attractive to look at:We stopped on the mountain pass to admire the scenery.Patterns mountainous/​mountain/​wild/​rugged country/​landscape/​countryside/​terrain/​scenery beautiful/​glorious/​dramatic country/​landscape/​countryside/​scenery open country/​landscape/​countryside/​terrain/​land rolling country/​landscape/​countryside to protect the landscape/​countryside/​land See related entries: Hobbies
  2. 2the painted background that is used to represent natural features or buildings on a theatre stage Wordfinderbackdrop, costume, curtain, footlights, prop, proscenium, scenery, set, stage, the wings See related entries: In the theatre
  3. Word Originmid 18th cent. (earlier as scenary): from Italian scenario, from Latin scena ‘scene’. The change in the ending was due to association with -ery.Extra examples For a complete change of scenery, take a ferry out to one of the islands. She watched the passing scenery. That table is part of the scenery for Act 2. The hotel lies amid spectacular mountain scenery. The river passes through a rich variety of scenery. The town is charming and the surrounding scenery superb. The train passes through some magnificent scenery. We stopped to admire the beauty of the scenery around us. Alpine scenery The train sped through ever-changing scenery. They went abroad for a change of scenery. We stopped on the mountain pass to admire the scenery.
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