- a picture painted on a set of transparent cloth curtains and looked at through a small opening
- a miniature scene, wholly or partially three-dimensional, depicting figures in a naturalistic setting
- a museum display of a preserved or reconstructed specimen, as of wildlife in a simulation of its habitat
Origin of dioramadi(a)- + (pan)orama
- A three-dimensional miniature or life-size scene in which figures, stuffed wildlife, or other objects are arranged in a naturalistic setting against a painted background.
- A scene reproduced on cloth transparencies with various lights shining through the cloths to produce changes in effect, intended for viewing at a distance through an aperture.
Origin of dioramaFrench, blend of dia-, through (from Greek; see dia–) and panorama, panorama (from English; see panorama).