adjective Also sce·ni·cal.

  1. of or relating to natural scenery.
  2. having pleasing or beautiful scenery.
  3. of or relating to the stage or to stage scenery.
  4. representing a scene, action, or the like.


  1. a photograph, graphic representation, etc., depicting natural scenery.
  2. a scenic tour: to arrange scenics in advance.


  1. of or relating to natural scenery
  2. having beautiful natural scenerya scenic drive
  3. of or relating to the stage or stage scenery
  4. (in painting) representing a scene, such as a scene of action or a historical event

adj.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.

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