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noun, plural scen·er·ies.
  1. the general appearance of a place; the aggregate of features that give character to a landscape.
  2. hangings, draperies, structures, etc., used on a stage to represent a locale or furnish decorative background.
  1. chew the scenery, to act melodramatically; overact.

Origin of scenery

First recorded in 1740–50; scene + -ery

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1. terrain, view, surroundings. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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noun plural -eries
  1. the natural features of a landscape
  2. 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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Word Origin and History for scenery

"decoration of a theater stage," 1770, earlier scenary; see scene + -ery. Meaning "a landscape or view, a pictorial scene" is from 1777.

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