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[land-skeyp] /ˈlændˌskeɪp/
a section or expanse of rural scenery, usually extensive, that can be seen from a single viewpoint.
a picture representing natural inland or coastal scenery.
Fine Arts. the category of aesthetic subject matter in which natural scenery is represented.
Obsolete. a panoramic view of scenery; vista.
verb (used with object), landscaped, landscaping.
to improve the appearance of (an area of land, a highway, etc.), as by planting trees, shrubs, or grass, or altering the contours of the ground.
to improve the landscape of.
verb (used without object), landscaped, landscaping.
to do landscape gardening as a profession.
Origin of landscape
1590-1600; 1925-30 for def 6; < Dutch landschap; cognate with Old English landsceap, landscipe; akin to German Landschaft. See land, -ship
Related forms
relandscape, verb, relandscaped, relandscaping.
1. view, scenery, vista, prospect. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for landscape
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  • The landscape with Ruins (No. 746) is perhaps the finest of the others there.

    Six Centuries of Painting Randall Davies
  • It was as natural a part of the landscape as the sentinel cactus.

    Still Jim Honor Willsie Morrow
  • He who looked over that landscape said: "Sheep are eating men."

    A Short History of England G. K. Chesterton
  • Only the landscape was distinctly not Italian, but South Jersey to the core.

    Days Off Henry Van Dyke
  • The rear wall has a door opening on a veranda, beyond which is seen a landscape.

    Creditors; Pariah August Strindberg
British Dictionary definitions for landscape


an extensive area of land regarded as being visually distinct: ugly slagheaps dominated the landscape
a painting, drawing, photograph, etc, depicting natural scenery
  1. the genre including such pictures
  2. (as modifier): landscape painter
the distinctive features of a given area of intellectual activity, regarded as an integrated whole: the landscape of the European imagination
  1. (of a publication or an illustration in a publication) of greater width than height Compare portrait (sense 3)
  2. (of a page) carrying an illustration or table printed at right angles to the normal text
(transitive) to improve the natural features of (a garden, park, etc), as by creating contoured features and planting trees
(intransitive) to work as a landscape gardener
Word Origin
C16 landskip (originally a term in painting), from Middle Dutch lantscap region; related to Old English landscipe tract of land, Old High German lantscaf region
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Word Origin and History for landscape

c.1600, "painting representing natural scenery," from Dutch landschap, from Middle Dutch landscap "region," from land "land" (see land) + -scap "-ship, condition" (see -ship). Originally introduced as a painters' term. Old English had cognate landscipe, and cf. Old High German lantscaf, German Landschaft, Old Norse landskapr. Meaning "tract of land with its distinguishing characteristics" is from 1886.


"to lay out lawns, gardens, etc., plant trees for the sake of beautification," by 1916, from landscape (n). Related: Landscaped; landscaping.

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