[ sahy-kluh-ram-uh, -rah-muh ]
/ ˌsaɪ kləˈræm ə, -ˈrɑ mə /


a pictorial representation, in perspective, of a landscape, battle, etc., on the inner wall of a cylindrical room or hall, viewed by spectators occupying a position in the center.
Theater. a curved wall or drop at the back of a stage, used for creating an illusion of unlimited space or distance in the background of exterior scenes or for obtaining lighting effects.

Origin of cyclorama

1830–40; cycl- + Greek (h)órāma view; cf. panorama

Related forms

cy·clo·ram·ic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cyclorama


/ (ˌsaɪkləʊˈrɑːmə) /


Also called: panorama a large picture, such as a battle scene, on the interior wall of a cylindrical room, designed to appear in natural perspective to a spectator in the centre
  1. a curtain or wall curving along the back of a stage, usually painted to represent the sky and serving to enhance certain lighting effects
  2. any set of curtains that enclose the back and sides of a stage setting

Derived Forms

cycloramic (ˌsaɪkləʊˈræmɪk), adjective

Word Origin for cyclorama

C19: cyclo- + Greek horama view, sight, on the model of panorama
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