scene Definition

  • 1a place or setting regarded as having a particular character or making a particular impression
  • 2a sequence of continuous action in a play, movie, opera, or book
  • 3an incident or situation that is vividly striking or impressive

Using scene: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "scene" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The opening scene of the movie was breathtaking.

  • Example

    The crime scene was cordoned off by the police.

  • Example

    The play had three acts and six scenes.

  • Example

    The accident was a scene of chaos and confusion.

scene Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using scene

  • to describe the background or context for something


    Before we start the meeting, let me set the scene by explaining the purpose and goals.

  • the place where exciting or important events are happening


    The reporters rushed to the scene of the action to cover the breaking news.

  • the place where a traffic accident has occurred


    The police arrived at the scene of the accident to investigate the cause.

Phrases with scene

  • to behave in a dramatic or attention-seeking way in public


    She made a scene when she found out her flight was delayed.

  • the place where a crime has been committed


    The detectives arrived at the scene of the crime to gather evidence.

  • scene-stealer

    a person or thing that attracts attention away from others who might be considered more important


    The comedian was a scene-stealer in the movie, even though he only had a small role.

Origins of scene

from Old French 'cene', from Latin 'scena', meaning 'stage'


Summary: scene in Brief

The term 'scene' [siːn] refers to a place or setting with a particular character or impression, such as the opening scene of a movie or the scene of a crime. It also denotes a sequence of continuous action in a play or book, and an incident or situation that is vividly striking or impressive. Phrases like 'make a scene' and 'scene-stealer' describe dramatic or attention-seeking behavior, while idioms like 'set the scene' and 'scene of the action' refer to background or context for events.

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