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[pan-uh-ram-uh, -rah-muh]
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  1. an unobstructed and wide view of an extensive area in all directions.
  2. an extended pictorial representation or a cyclorama of a landscape or other scene, often exhibited a part at a time and made to pass continuously before the spectators.
  3. a building for exhibiting such a pictorial representation.
  4. a continuously passing or changing scene or an unfolding of events: the panorama of Chinese history.
  5. a comprehensive survey, as of a subject.
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Origin of panorama

1790–1800; pan- + Greek (h)órāma view, sight, derivative of horân to see, look
Related formspan·o·ram·ic, adjectivepan·o·ram·i·cal·y, adverb

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Related Words for panorama

prospect, picture, vista, survey, purview, reach, compass, scenery, sweep, orbit, range, radius, perspective, extent, spectacle, scope, overview, dimension, view, diorama

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Contemporary Examples of panorama

Historical Examples of panorama

  • Since he had quitted the Panorama he felt as though he no longer knew where he was.

  • And, indeed, such a panorama I can hardly hope to see elsewhere.

    A Hero of Our Time

    M. Y. Lermontov

  • A relation of Peter T.'s; why, if he'd been twice the panorama he was we'd have let him in when he said that.

    Cape Cod Stories

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • But, strangely enough, they did not even glance at this panorama.

    The Destroyer

    Burton Egbert Stevenson

  • I have but to shut my eyes and the panorama of it is before me.

British Dictionary definitions for panorama


  1. an extensive unbroken view, as of a landscape, in all directions
  2. a wide or comprehensive surveya panorama of the week's events
  3. a large extended picture or series of pictures of a scene, unrolled before spectators a part at a time so as to appear continuous
  4. another name for cyclorama
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Derived Formspanoramic (ˌpænəˈræmɪk), adjectivepanoramically, adverb

Word Origin for panorama

C18: from pan- + Greek horāma view
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for panorama


1796, "a painting on a revolving cylindrical surface," coined c.1789 by inventor, Irish artist Robert Barker, literally "a complete view," from pan- "all" + Greek horama "sight, spectacle, that which is seen," from horan "to look, see" (see warrant (n.)). Meaning "comprehensive survey" is 1801.

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