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mise en scène

[mee zahn sen]
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noun French.
  1. the process of setting a stage, with regard to placement of actors, scenery, properties, etc.
  2. the stage setting or scenery of a play.
  3. surroundings; environment.
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Related Words

arena, backdrop, background, blackout, display, exhibition, flat, landscape, locale, locality, location, outlook, pageant, picture, place, representation, scenery, set, setting, show

Examples from the Web for mise en scene

Historical Examples

  • The author then undertook to stage the play, designed the scenes, and arranged the mise-en-scene to the minutest detail.

    Hadda Padda

    Godmunder Kamban

  • This is merely a hasty glimpse of the "mise-en-scene" that preceded the debut in life of the most renowned of Polish poets.

  • The mise-en-scene of a play is as much a part of it as the words spoken on the stage.

British Dictionary definitions for mise en scene

mise en scène

    1. the arrangement of properties, scenery, etc, in a play
    2. the objects so arranged; stage setting
  1. the environment of an event
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Word Origin and History for mise en scene

1833, from French mise en scène, literally "setting on the stage," from mise (13c.), literally "a putting, placing," noun use of fem. past participle of mettre "to put, place," from Latin mittere "to send" (see mission).

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