[see-nik, sen-ik]

adjective Also sce·ni·cal.

of or relating to natural scenery.
having pleasing or beautiful scenery.
of or relating to the stage or to stage scenery.
representing a scene, action, or the like.


a photograph, graphic representation, etc., depicting natural scenery.
a scenic tour: to arrange scenics in advance.

Origin of scenic

1615–25; < Latin scēnicus < Greek skēnikós theatrical. See scene, -ic
Related formssce·ni·cal·ly, adverbun·sce·nic, adjectiveun·sce·ni·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for scenic

Contemporary Examples of scenic

Historical Examples of scenic

  • To the Roman, the scenic and histrionic were the vital features of a production.

    The Dramatic Values in Plautus

    Wilton Wallace Blancke

  • The scenic setting of an old Roman palace captivates the stranger.

    Italy, the Magic Land

    Lilian Whiting

  • It is sufficiently so, however, for purposes of scenic representation.

    The Biglow Papers

    James Russell Lowell

  • In addition, their scenic value is very marked in many cases.


    Charles Reginald Enock

  • The Downs have a human and historic as well as scenic interest.

British Dictionary definitions for scenic



of or relating to natural scenery
having beautiful natural scenerya scenic drive
of or relating to the stage or stage scenery
(in painting) representing a scene, such as a scene of action or a historical event
Derived Formsscenically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for scenic

1620s, "of or belonging to the stage or drama, theatrical," from French scénique (14c.) and directly from Latin scaenicus "dramatic, theatrical," from Greek skenikos, from skene (see scene). Meaning "of or belonging to natural scenery" is recorded from 1842. Of roads, etc., "offering fine views," recorded since 1885. Scenic railway is recorded from 1886. Related: Scenically.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper