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[dahy-uh-ram-uh, -rah-muh]
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  1. a scene, often in miniature, reproduced in three dimensions by placing objects, figures, etc., in front of a painted background.
  2. a life-size display representing a scene from nature, a historical event, or the like, using stuffed wildlife, wax figures, real objects, etc., in front of a painted or photographed background.
  3. a spectacular picture, partly translucent, for exhibition through an aperture, made more realistic by various illuminating devices.
  4. a building or room, often circular, for exhibiting such a scene or picture, especially as a continuous unit along or against the walls.
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Origin of diorama

1815–25; < French, equivalent to di- di-3 + Greek (h)órāma view (horā-, variant stem of horân to see, look + -ma noun suffix denoting the result of action)
Related formsdi·o·ram·ic, adjective
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Related Words for diorama

prospect, picture, vista, survey, purview, reach, compass, scenery, sweep, orbit, range, radius, perspective, extent, spectacle, scope, overview, dimension, view, diorama

Examples from the Web for diorama

Historical Examples of diorama

  • Mrs. Darcy wants a circus-poster, or the canvas of a diorama.

    My New Curate

    P.A. Sheehan

  • The memory has as many moods as the temper, and shifts its scenery like a diorama.

    Pearls of Thought

    Maturin M. Ballou

  • That building was intended for the exhibition of the Diorama.

    Great Facts

    Frederick C. Bakewell

  • Such was the Diorama as it was first exhibited in London to admiring crowds.

    Great Facts

    Frederick C. Bakewell

  • The latest stages of the process might be represented by a diorama.

British Dictionary definitions for diorama


  1. a miniature three-dimensional scene, in which models of figures are seen against a background
  2. a picture made up of illuminated translucent curtains, viewed through an aperture
  3. a museum display, as of an animal, of a specimen in its natural setting
  4. films a scene produced by the rearrangement of lighting effects
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Derived Formsdioramic (ˌdaɪəˈræmɪk), adjective

Word Origin for diorama

C19: from French, from Greek dia- through + Greek horama view, from horan to see
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Word Origin and History for diorama


1823 as a type of picture-viewing device, from French diorama (1822), from Greek di- "through" (see dia-) + orama "that which is seen, a sight" (see panorama). Meaning "small-scale replica of a scene, etc." is from 1902.

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