mise en scène

or mise-en-scène

[ mee zahn-sen ]

nounplural mise en scènes, mise-en-scènes [mee zahn-sen, mee zahn-senz]. /mi zɑ̃ ˈsɛn, mi zɑ̃ ˈsɛnz/. 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.

  1. surroundings; environment.

Origin of mise en scène

First recorded in 1830–1835; French: literally, “a placing on stage”

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How to use mise en scène in a sentence

  • 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
  • And lastly, we are treated to a real dialogue, with quite a dramatic mise en scene.

  • The creature never moved, and the mise en scene was beautiful.

    In the Heart of Africa | Samuel White Baker
  • The mise-en-scene of a play is as much a part of it as the words spoken on the stage.

    The Shewing-up of Blanco Posnet | George Bernard Shaw
  • 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 scène

mise en scène

/ French (miz ɑ̃ sɛn) /

    • the arrangement of properties, scenery, etc, in a play

    • the objects so arranged; stage setting

  1. the environment of an event

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