Origin: before 900; (adj.) Middle Englishsheene beautiful, bright, shining, Old Englishscēne; cognate with Germanschön; (v.) Middle Englishs(c)henen, derivative of the adj.; (noun) derivative of the adj.
1602 (first attested in "Hamlet" iii.2), noun use of adj. sheene "beautiful, bright," from O.E. scene, from P.Gmc. *skauniz (cf. O.H.G. skoni, Ger. schön, O.Fris. skene, M.Du. scone, Du. schoon, Goth. skaunja "beautiful"), from PIE base *skeue- "to pay attention, perceive" (see caveat).