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mise en scène

[mee zahn sen] /mi zɑ̃ ˈsɛn/
noun, French.
the process of setting a stage, with regard to placement of actors, scenery, properties, etc.
the stage setting or scenery of a play.
surroundings; environment. Unabridged
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  • The author then undertook to stage the play, designed the scenes, and arranged the mise-en-scene to the minutest detail.

    Hadda Padda Godmunder Kamban
  • This is merely a hasty glimpse of the "mise-en-scene" that preceded the debut in life of the most renowned of Polish poets.

    Sonnets from the Crimea Adam Mickiewicz
  • The mise-en-scene of a play is as much a part of it as the words spoken on the stage.

    The Shewing-up of Blanco Posnet George Bernard Shaw
British Dictionary definitions for mise-en-scene

mise en scène

/miz ɑ̃ sɛn/
  1. the arrangement of properties, scenery, etc, in a play
  2. the objects so arranged; stage setting
the environment of an event
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Word Origin and History for mise-en-scene

mise en scene

1833, from French mise en scène, literally "setting on the stage," from mise (13c.), literally "a putting, placing," noun use of fem. past participle of mettre "to put, place," from Latin mittere "to send" (see mission).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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