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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An outline of the plot of a dramatic or literary work.
  • n. An outline for a screenplay.
  • n. A treatment for a screenplay.
  • n. A screenplay.
  • n. An outline or model of an expected or supposed sequence of events: "In the scenario posed by many climatologists, decades of continued global warming would raise sea levels anywhere from 20 inches to more than 11 feet” ( San Francisco Chronicle).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An outline of the plot of a dramatic or literary work.
  • n. A screenplay itself, or an outline or a treatment of it.
  • n. An outline or model of an expected or supposed sequence of events.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A preliminary sketch of the plot, or main incidents, of an opera.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A skeleton libretto of a dramatic work, giving the general movement of the plot and the successive appearances of the principal characters.
  • n. The plot itself of such a work.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an outline or synopsis of a play (or, by extension, of a literary work)
  • n. a setting for a work of art or literature
  • n. a postulated sequence of possible events

Etymologies

Italian, from scena, scene, from Latin scaena; see scene.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
An Italian word (a derivation of scena ("scene")), from Latin scaena. See scene. (Wiktionary)

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