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[ see-nik, sen-ik ]


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


  1. a photograph, graphic representation, etc., depicting natural scenery.
  2. a scenic tour:

    to arrange scenics in advance.


/ ˈsɛn-; ˈsiːnɪk /


  1. of or relating to natural scenery
  2. having beautiful natural scenery

    a scenic drive

  3. of or relating to the stage or stage scenery
  4. (in painting) representing a scene, such as a scene of action or a historical event

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Derived Forms

  • ˈscenically, adverb

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Other Words From

  • sceni·cal·ly adverb
  • un·scenic adjective
  • un·sceni·cal·ly adverb

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Word History and Origins

Origin of scenic1

1615–25; < Latin scēnicus < Greek skēnikós theatrical. See scene, -ic

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Example Sentences

We drove the scenic curves of Route 37 to Maui Wine in Ulupalakua, where the ocean views seem to stretch forever.

Best known as the thrilling climax of a Park Loop Road scenic drive, Otter Cliff is by far the most used climbing destination.

I took us on a scenic drive along the Flathead River, stopping at the Polebridge Mercantile and Bakery, which dates back to 1914.

It is fantastically scenic, with both Lusk Reservoir and the Hudson River visible from the home side of the stadium and soaring trees dominating the view behind the north end.

After snapping a few photos, consider taking a scenic drive along Badlands Loop Road to see first-hand the miles-long expanse of the Badlands Wall.

The only catch—he never mined a thing and the tunnel led to a scenic ledge.

His latest film is The Two Faces of January, an old-fashioned caper set in scenic Greece and Turkey.

It quickly becomes way too apparent that this is not a scenic romantic vista, but rather code for Harding's own nether regions.

For a more scenic journey, travel by ferry from Whittier or Valdez.

The train line that once trundled cane down the coast is now a scenic railway.

From the scenic point of view it interested me greatly, and I was also much impressed by the truly marvellous staging of the work.

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

Though the proceedings had been a travesty of justice, they had been invested hitherto with a scenic stateliness.

There is a value in novelty, provided it is rightly used, which is an important aid to the playwright or scenic artist.

It is against human nature, and no amount of wonderful declamation or scenic magnificence can gloss it over.


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