[si-nair-ee-oh, -nahr-]
noun, plural scenarios.
an outline of the plot of a dramatic work, giving particulars as to the scenes, characters, situations, etc.
the outline or the manuscript of a motion picture or television program, giving the action in the order in which it takes place, the description of scenes and characters, etc.
an imagined or projected sequence of events, especially any of several detailed plans or possibilities: One scenario calls for doubling profits by increasing our advertising, the other by reducing costs.

1875–80; < Italian < Latin scēnārium. See scene, -ary

3. scheme, plan, concept, sketch. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To scenario
World English Dictionary
scenario (sɪˈnɑːrɪˌəʊ)
n , pl -narios
1.  a summary of the plot of a play, etc, including information about its characters, scenes, etc
2.  a predicted sequence of events: let's try another scenario, involving the demise of democracy
[C19: via Italian from Latin scēnārium, from scēna; see scene]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Word Origin & History

1878, "sketch of the plot of a play," from It. scenario, from L.L. scenarius "of stage scenes," from L. scena "scene" (see scene). Meaning "imagined situation" is first recorded 1962.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Encyclopedia Britannica


in film making, original idea for a film translated into a visually oriented text. The scenario plan gives the mood of each image and its relationship with the other shots in the sequence. The writer of the shooting script sets up each individual camera shot according to the camera directions that are given in the scenario.

Learn more about scenario with a free trial on

Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
Cite This Source
Example sentences
In the shallow scenario, the jets result from thunderstorms and other
  sun-driven events on the visible surface of the gas giant.
Now there is a master scenario available to everyone.
The problem with such a scenario is that the two species are not found at the
  same stratigraphic level.
No scenario makes private ownership of wild animals reasonable or fair.
Copyright © 2014, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature