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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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  • Then they spread themselves on the table rocks and regarded the scenery pensively.

  • Between Auxerre and Autun much of the scenery has an English look.

    The Roof of France Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • But despite this and other things, the scenery on the river side will well repay inconvenience.

    The Sunny Side of Ireland John O'Mahony and R. Lloyd Praeger
  • The scenery before the gorge of the river is reached is gloomy, but grand.

    The Story of the Malakand Field Force Sir Winston S. Churchill
  • I had observed Dick, who did not often trouble himself about scenery, watching the coast with more than usual interest.

    Charley Laurel W. H. G. Kingston
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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