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[seen] /sin/
the place where some action or event occurs:
He returned to the scene of the murder.
any view or picture.
an incident or situation in real life.
an embarrassing outbreak or display of anger, strong feeling, or bad manners:
Please don't make a scene in such a public place.
a division of a play or of an act of a play, usually representing what passes between certain of the actors in one place.
a unit of action or a segment of a story in a play, motion picture, or television show.
the place in which the action of a play or part of a play is supposed to occur.
scenery (def 2).
  1. an episode, situation, or the like, as in a narrative.
  2. the setting or locale of a story.
the stage, especially of an ancient Greek or Roman theater.
an area or sphere of activity, current interest, etc.:
the rock music scene; the fashion scene.
behind the scenes, in secret or in private.
make the scene, Slang. to appear in a particular place or engage in a particular activity:
Let's make the scene downtown tonight. She was never one to make the drug scene.
Origin of scene
1530-40; < Latin scēna background (of the stage) < Greek skēnḗ booth (where actors dressed)
Related forms
interscene, noun
Can be confused
scene, seen.
1. arena, stage, location; center, focus. 2. See view. 3. episode. 4. demonstration, spectacle, show. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for scene
  • Sampson starts things off not by diving into a discussion of bleeding-edge research, but by gradually setting the scene.
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  • Others are newcomers to the literary scene, and they write with the desperate urgency of people who have little to lose.
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  • His skilful turn of phrase instantly draws the scene.
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  • Important figures are introduced only to vanish from the scene a couple of pages later, but it is an enjoyable read, nonetheless.
  • To this fast-changing scene, mobile-phone banking looks to be a promising addition.
British Dictionary definitions for scene


the place where an action or event, real or imaginary, occurs
the setting for the action of a play, novel, etc
an incident or situation, real or imaginary, esp as described or represented
  1. a subdivision of an act of a play, in which the time is continuous and the setting fixed
  2. a single event, esp a significant one, in a play
(films) a shot or series of shots that constitutes a unit of the action
the backcloths, stage setting, etc, for a play or film set; scenery
the prospect of a place, landscape, etc
a display of emotion, esp an embarrassing one to the onlookers
(informal) the environment for a specific activity: the fashion scene
(informal) interest or chosen occupation: classical music is not my scene
(rare) the stage, esp of a theatre in ancient Greece or Rome
behind the scenes, out of public view; privately
Word Origin
C16: from Latin scēna theatrical stage, from Greek skēnē tent, stage
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Word Origin and History for scene

1530s, "subdivision of an act of a play," also "stage-setting," from Middle French scène (14c.), from Latin scaena, scena "scene, stage of a theater," from Greek skene "wooden stage for actors," also "that which is represented on stage," originally "tent or booth," related to skia "shadow, shade," via notion of "something that gives shade," from PIE root *skai- "to shine, flicker, glimmer" (see shine (v.)).

Meaning "material apparatus of a theatrical stage" is from 1540s. Meaning "place in which the action of a literary work occurs" is attested from 1590s; general (non-literary) sense of "place where anything is done or takes place" is recorded from 1590s. Hence U.S. slang sense of "setting or milieu for a specific group or activity," attested from 1951 in Beat jargon. Meaning "stormy encounter between two or more persons" is attested from 1761. Behind the scenes "having knowledge of affairs not apparent to the public" (1660s) is an image from the theater, "amid actors and stage machinery" (out of sight of the audience). Scene of the crime (1923) first attested in Agatha Christie.

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Slang definitions & phrases for scene


  1. The setting or milieu of a specific activity or group; specialized venue: the rock ''scene''/ It is really quite difficult to understand their scene
  2. One's particular preference, activity, etc; bag, thing: I mean that's not my own scene or anything (1960s+ Counterculture)
Related Terms

all-originals scene, bad scene, lay a trip on someone, make a scene, make the scene, mob scene, split the scene

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Idioms and Phrases with scene
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