- an episode, situation, or the like, as in a narrative.
- the setting or locale of a story.
Origin of scene
Synonyms for scene
Related Words for scenescenery, picture, set, theater, show, spot, site, arena, setting, place, location, sight, spectacle, view, display, landscape, stage, episode, act, incident
Examples from the Web for scene
Contemporary Examples of scene
Hovering above the scene, commandos in helicopters were poised with automatic rifles.France Kills Charlie Hebdo Murderers
January 9, 2015
The scene was heavily cordoned off to traffic and anyone not with the police, press, or residents.Police Hunt for Paris Massacre Suspects
Tracy McNicoll, Christopher Dickey
January 7, 2015
The following page details a tribute gag the Simpsons team inserted into the background of a scene.Here’s the Lost Judd Apatow ‘Simpsons’ Episode, Penned by Judd Apatow
January 6, 2015
“The play contains one five minute scene about James Hewitt,” Conway says.Harry’s Daddy, and Diana’s ‘Murder’: Royal Rumors In a New Play
January 4, 2015
Suddenly, without warning, the whole feeling of the scene changes.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
Historical Examples of scene
She returned at last to her little home, to find it a scene of desolation.Harriet, The Moses of Her People
Sarah H. Bradford
By this time several persons had hurried to the scene of the encounter.
There is a grandeur in the ruin to be enjoyed, as well as a scene of beauty from its towers.
"I wonder who will be first on the scene," speculated Grace.
A commercial minister had appeared on the scene, and the shade of Hoskisson had revived.
- a subdivision of an act of a play, in which the time is continuous and the setting fixed
- a single event, esp a significant one, in a play
Word Origin for scene
1530s, "subdivision of an act of a play," also "stage-setting," from Middle French scène (14c.), from Latin scaena, scena "scene, stage of a theater," from Greek skene "wooden stage for actors," also "that which is represented on stage," originally "tent or booth," related to skia "shadow, shade," via notion of "something that gives shade," from PIE root *skai- "to shine, flicker, glimmer" (see shine (v.)).
Meaning "material apparatus of a theatrical stage" is from 1540s. Meaning "place in which the action of a literary work occurs" is attested from 1590s; general (non-literary) sense of "place where anything is done or takes place" is recorded from 1590s. Hence U.S. slang sense of "setting or milieu for a specific group or activity," attested from 1951 in Beat jargon. Meaning "stormy encounter between two or more persons" is attested from 1761. Behind the scenes "having knowledge of affairs not apparent to the public" (1660s) is an image from the theater, "amid actors and stage machinery" (out of sight of the audience). Scene of the crime (1923) first attested in Agatha Christie.
see behind the scenes; make a scene; make the scene; on the scene; set the scene for.