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[see-nuh-ree] /ˈsi nə ri/
noun, plural sceneries.
the general appearance of a place; the aggregate of features that give character to a landscape.
hangings, draperies, structures, etc., used on a stage to represent a locale or furnish decorative background.
chew the scenery, to act melodramatically; overact.
Origin of scenery
1740-50; scene + -ery
1. terrain, view, surroundings. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for scenery
  • At this famously tough-to-make-the-space-work theater in the round, the scenery has been stood on its head, literally.
  • Because fabulous scenery attracts people with fabulous amounts of money.
  • Gorgeous scenery and rich history form the backdrop for these winning new games featuring puzzles, quizzes, and much more.
  • Strolling through an equatorial rain forest or a northern pine forest can be thrilling enough, if only for the lavish scenery.
  • But the scenery there has changed as dramatically as clothing fashions.
  • And they're well surrounded in a clutter of scenery such as you get on the stage.
  • Marketing campaigns that trade on the country's unspoilt scenery and laid-back culture also help.
  • Pretty scenery isn't going to change either of these facts.
  • The light there is incredible, to say nothing of the scenery.
  • It helps if the roads have great scenery and no cops, and smooth pavement is always a plus.
British Dictionary definitions for scenery


noun (pl) -eries
the natural features of a landscape
(theatre) the painted backcloths, stage structures, etc, used to represent a location in a theatre or studio
Word Origin
C18: from Italian scenario
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Word Origin and History for scenery

"decoration of a theater stage," 1770, earlier scenary; see scene + -ery. Meaning "a landscape or view, a pictorial scene" is from 1777.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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chew up the scenery

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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