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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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British Dictionary definitions for mise-en-scène

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-scène

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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