mise en scène

[ mee zahn sen ]
/ mi zɑ̃ ˈsɛn /

noun French.

the process of setting a stage, with regard to placement of actors, scenery, properties, etc.
the stage setting or scenery of a play.
surroundings; environment.

Words nearby mise en scène

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Examples from the Web for mise en scene

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

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

    Sonnets from the Crimea|Adam Mickiewicz
  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for mise en scene

mise en scène
/ French (miz ɑ̃ sɛn) /


  1. the arrangement of properties, scenery, etc, in a play
  2. the objects so arranged; stage setting
the environment of an event
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