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[see-nuh-ree] /ˈsi nə ri/
noun, plural sceneries.
the general appearance of a place; the aggregate of features that give character to a landscape.
hangings, draperies, structures, etc., used on a stage to represent a locale or furnish decorative background.
chew the scenery, to act melodramatically; overact.
Origin of scenery
First recorded in 1740-50; scene + -ery
1. terrain, view, surroundings. Unabridged
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  • From Swedish sceneries and animal life she borrows her most beautiful images.

    Sweden Victor Nilsson
  • He is well “posted-up” in the local histories and sceneries of the place.

  • There were “big rocks, gulches, and sceneries” of a far better quality down the coast on the way to Wrangell.

    Travels in Alaska John Muir
  • And he knew people who had fine Indian sceneries; he would speak to them and to others who had Indian costumes.

British Dictionary definitions for sceneries


noun (pl) -eries
the natural features of a landscape
(theatre) the painted backcloths, stage structures, etc, used to represent a location in a theatre or studio
Word Origin
C18: from Italian scenario
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Word Origin and History for sceneries



"decoration of a theater stage," 1770, earlier scenary; see scene + -ery. Meaning "a landscape or view, a pictorial scene" is from 1777.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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chew up the scenery

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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