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[see-nik, sen-ik] /ˈsi nɪk, ˈsɛn ɪk/
adjective, Also, scenical
of or relating to natural scenery.
having pleasing or beautiful scenery.
of or relating to the stage or to stage scenery.
representing a scene, action, or the like.
a photograph, graphic representation, etc., depicting natural scenery.
a scenic tour:
to arrange scenics in advance.
Origin of scenic
1615-25; < Latin scēnicus < Greek skēnikós theatrical. See scene, -ic
Related forms
scenically, adverb
unscenic, adjective
unscenically, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for scenic
  • It has a superb theater, a fine art museum and scenic.
  • It has been a scenic spot for mainland and overseas tourists.
  • Located along this short but unforgettable byway are scenic pullouts and parking areas for sightseers, hikers, and rock climbers.
  • Take full advantage of scenic views in a hillside backyard.
  • The trip by water is a scenic one, as the journey took us past the once decaying and now vibrant southeast part of the city.
  • If you have several hours at the park, board a safari taxi to some of the scenic overlooks.
  • Even if the information superhighway isn't all that scenic.
  • The shorter route is not always the best because one misses the scenic view along the way.
  • Even the scenic beauty of the surrounding hills and valleys is a testament to being untouched by time.
  • Many special guests from the world of words and puzzles will be there, as will a treasure hunt across the scenic lodge.
British Dictionary definitions for scenic


/ˈsiːnɪk; ˈsɛn-/
of or relating to natural scenery
having beautiful natural scenery: a scenic drive
of or relating to the stage or stage scenery
(in painting) representing a scene, such as a scene of action or a historical event
Derived Forms
scenically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for scenic

1620s, "of or belonging to the stage or drama, theatrical," from French scénique (14c.) and directly from Latin scaenicus "dramatic, theatrical," from Greek skenikos, from skene (see scene). Meaning "of or belonging to natural scenery" is recorded from 1842. Of roads, etc., "offering fine views," recorded since 1885. Scenic railway is recorded from 1886. Related: Scenically.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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