- (in the ancient Greek theater) a structure facing the audience and forming the background before which performances were given.
Origin of skene1
Examples from the Web for skene
Dr. Skene's belief as to the historical position of the F's, 46.The Testimony of Tradition
It afterwards came into the possession of the Family of Skene.
As in Fordun: first drawn with horses and finally executed (Skene, i. 348).The Bruce
Four years later, Scott sent for his old friend Skene of Rubislaw.Edinburgh
Skene says this “is the oldest authentic notice of St. Patrick.”Insula Sanctorum et Doctorum
Word Origin and History for skene
ancient type of Celtic dagger found in Ireland, double-edged and leaf-like, 1520s, from Irish Gaelic scian (genitive sceine) "knife," cognate with Gaelic sgian "knife," Welsh ysgien "a slicer," from PIE *skiy-ena-, from root *skei- "to divide, split" (see shed (v.)).