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  1. the place where some action or event occurs: He returned to the scene of the accident.

  2. any view or picture: The scene that lay before me, with its snow and colorful leaves, was beautiful.

  1. an incident or situation in real life: She witnessed the scene at the restaurant as it happened.

  2. an embarrassing outbreak or display of anger, strong feeling, or bad manners: Please don't make a scene in such a public place.

  3. a division of a play or of an act of a play, usually representing a passage of time in a single setting, featuring a specific character or group of characters: Scene Four takes place in a city park at dawn.

  4. a unit of action or a segment of a story in a play, motion picture, or television show: The DVD contains many short scenes showing classic plane models at U.S. and European airports.

  5. the place in which the action of a play or part of a play is supposed to occur.

  6. Literature.

    • an episode, situation, or the like, as in a narrative.

    • the setting or locale of a story.

  7. the stage, especially of an ancient Greek or Roman theater.

  8. an area or sphere of activity, current interest, etc.: the rock music scene;the fashion scene.

Idioms about scene

  1. behind the scenes. See entry at behind the scenes.

  2. make the scene, Slang. to appear in a particular place or engage in a particular activity: Let's make the scene downtown tonight. She was never one to make the drug scene.

Origin of scene

First recorded in 1530–40; from Latin scēna “background” (of the stage), from Greek skēnḗ “booth” (where actors dressed)

synonym study For scene

2. See view.

Other words for scene

Other words from scene

  • in·ter·scene, noun

Words that may be confused with scene Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use scene in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for scene


/ (siːn) /

  1. the place where an action or event, real or imaginary, occurs

  2. the setting for the action of a play, novel, etc

  1. an incident or situation, real or imaginary, esp as described or represented

    • 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

  2. films a shot or series of shots that constitutes a unit of the action

  3. the backcloths, stage setting, etc, for a play or film set; scenery

  4. the prospect of a place, landscape, etc

  5. a display of emotion, esp an embarrassing one to the onlookers

  6. informal the environment for a specific activity: the fashion scene

  7. informal interest or chosen occupation: classical music is not my scene

  8. rare the stage, esp of a theatre in ancient Greece or Rome

  9. behind the scenes out of public view; privately

Origin of scene

C16: from Latin scēna theatrical stage, from Greek skēnē tent, stage

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

Other Idioms and Phrases with scene


see behind the scenes; make a scene; make the scene; on the scene; set the scene for.

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