Definitions

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

  • adj. Of or relating to the stage, stage scenery, or theatrical representation: scenic design.
  • adj. Constituting or affording pleasing views of natural features: climbed a hill for a scenic panorama of the valley; a scenic drive along the crater rim.
  • n. A depiction of natural scenery.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. having beautiful scenery; picturesque
  • n. a depiction of scenery

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to scenery; of the nature of scenery; theatrical.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to the stage; dramatic; theatrical: as, the scenic poets; scenic games.
  • Of or pertaining to the landscape or natural scenery; abounding in fine scenery or landscape views: as, the scenic attractions of a place; a scenic route of travel.
  • Pertaining to pictorial design; of such nature as to tell a story or convey ideas through intelligible rendering of figures or other objects.

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

  • adj. used of locations; having beautiful natural scenery
  • adj. of or relating to the stage or stage scenery

Etymologies

From Latin scēnicus, alternative form of scaenicus ("of or pertaining to the stage; theatrical, scenic"), from Ancient Greek σκηνικός (skēnikos, "theatrical"), from σκηνή (skēnē, "stage"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • My family has owned a place in "scenic" Fortescue for the last 50 years, and I spent many a summer stepping over those nasty things walking along the bay beach looking for arrowheads.

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  • Located in scenic Santa Maria de Guido, just minutes from modern shopping centers, Centro Historico, yet still with a small-town feel.

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  • Eros Entertainment The film is shot in scenic foreign locations including San Francisco and Las Vegas.

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  • It's funny, because so many spawning stripers come out of the Hudson River and migrate north and south, there is a good chance the striper you caught in scenic Montauk or South Jersey spent some serious time in the Big Apple.

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  • Once upon a time, I was a camp counselor in scenic New Hampshire, where I taught swimming.

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  • I was made for you, plays as such vehicles appear in scenic settings.

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  • (CBS) At the annual holiday parade in scenic Shawano, Wisc., for the first time someone was missing this year.

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  • Here in scenic Mitchieville, The War Against Fat is being won by two courageous activists, Lord Hades and Lady Persephone.

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  • Inspired by a seminar presented at the Fenris Badwulf School of Telemarketing Excellence, I have implemented a pre-Global Warming work environment for one of the Badwulf family owned businesses located in scenic Erin, Ontario.

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  • Yesterday they started drilling and hacking at the concrete downstairs in the thing they call a scenic garden.

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