- An expanse of scenery that can be seen in a single view: a desert landscape.
- A picture depicting an expanse of scenery.
- The branch of art dealing with the representation of natural scenery.
- The aspect of the land characteristic of a particular region: a bleak New England winter landscape.
- Grounds that have been landscaped: liked the house especially for its landscape.
- An extensive mental view; an interior prospect: “They occupy the whole landscape of my thought” (James Thurber).
- Of or relating to a landscape or landscapes: landscape painting.
- Of or relating to landscaping: a nursery offering landscape services.
- Of or relating to the orientation of a page such that the shorter side runs from top to bottom: printed the document in landscape mode in order to accommodate the wide columns of a table.
, land·scapes verb, transitive
To adorn or improve (a section of ground) by contouring and by planting flowers, shrubs, or trees. verb, intransitive
To arrange grounds artistically as a profession.
Origin: Dutch landschap
Origin: , from Middle Dutch landscap, region
Origin: : land, land; see lendh- in Indo-European roots
Origin: + -scap, state, condition (collective suff.)
Related Forms:Word History: Landscape,
first recorded in 1598, was borrowed as a painters' term from Dutch during the 16th century, when Dutch artists were pioneering the landscape genre. The Dutch word landschap
had earlier meant simply “region, tract of land” but had acquired the artistic sense, which it brought over into English, of “a picture depicting scenery on land.” Interestingly, 34 years pass after the first recorded use of landscape
in English before the word is used of a view or vista of natural scenery. This delay suggests that people were first introduced to landscapes in paintings and then saw landscapes in real life.