[ see-nuh-ree ]
/ ˈsi nə ri /

noun, plural scen·er·ies.

the general appearance of a place; the aggregate of features that give character to a landscape.
hangings, draperies, structures, etc., used on a stage to represent a locale or furnish decorative background.


    chew the scenery, to act melodramatically; overact.

Origin of scenery

First recorded in 1740–50; scene + -ery


1 terrain, view, surroundings. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sceneries

  • He is well “posted-up” in the local histories and sceneries of the place.

  • From Swedish sceneries and animal life she borrows her most beautiful images.

    Sweden|Victor Nilsson
  • And he knew people who had fine Indian sceneries; he would speak to them and to others who had Indian costumes.

  • There were “big rocks, gulches, and sceneries” of a far better quality down the coast on the way to Wrangell.

British Dictionary definitions for sceneries


/ (ˈsiːnərɪ) /

noun plural -eries

the natural features of a landscape
theatre the painted backcloths, stage structures, etc, used to represent a location in a theatre or studio

Word Origin for scenery

C18: from Italian scenario
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