[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 scenically

Historical Examples of scenically

  • Scenically, the Tetons set off and complete the spectacle of the Yellowstone.

    The Book of the National Parks

    Robert Sterling Yard

  • Scenically Gandela was prettily situated, strategically badly.

  • Scenically the Marquesas are incomparably more beautiful than any of the other island groups of the Pacific, Hawaii not excepted.

  • Whether or not, then, Congress insures its perpetuity and unified development, we can consider it scenically only as a whole.

    The Book of the National Parks

    Robert Sterling Yard

  • "Don't let me disturb you," she said, and walked to the window, as if she found the place only scenically interesting.

    Bunker Bean

    Harry Leon Wilson

British Dictionary definitions for scenically



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 scenically



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