Origin of landscape

1590–1600; 1925–30 for def 6; < Dutch landschap; cognate with Old English landsceap, landscipe; akin to German Landschaft. See land, -ship
Related formsre·land·scape, verb, re·land·scaped, re·land·scap·ing.

Synonyms for landscape

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  • These landscape fellows buy their stuff direct, and the middleman's out.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • After two hours' climb, the features of the landscape change.

    The Roof of France

    Matilda Betham-Edwards

  • The Sunday landscape was very still, save for the hum of busy insect life.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • "I was not observing the landscape," the other explains, carefully.

  • How did the landscape appeal to you when you left the campfire?

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

British Dictionary definitions for landscape



an extensive area of land regarded as being visually distinctugly slagheaps dominated the landscape
a painting, drawing, photograph, etc, depicting natural scenery
  1. the genre including such pictures
  2. (as modifier)landscape painter
the distinctive features of a given area of intellectual activity, regarded as an integrated wholethe landscape of the European imagination


  1. (of a publication or an illustration in a publication) of greater width than heightCompare portrait (def. 3)
  2. (of a page) carrying an illustration or table printed at right angles to the normal text


(tr) to improve the natural features of (a garden, park, etc), as by creating contoured features and planting trees
(intr) to work as a landscape gardener

Word Origin for landscape

C16 landskip (originally a term in painting), from Middle Dutch lantscap region; related to Old English landscipe tract of land, Old High German lantscaf region
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Word Origin and History for landscape

c.1600, "painting representing natural scenery," from Dutch landschap, from Middle Dutch landscap "region," from land "land" (see land) + -scap "-ship, condition" (see -ship). Originally introduced as a painters' term. Old English had cognate landscipe, and cf. Old High German lantscaf, German Landschaft, Old Norse landskapr. Meaning "tract of land with its distinguishing characteristics" is from 1886.


"to lay out lawns, gardens, etc., plant trees for the sake of beautification," by 1916, from landscape (n). Related: Landscaped; landscaping.

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