Meaning of “scene” in the English Dictionary

"scene" in British English

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scenenoun

uk /siːn/ us /siːn/

scene noun (THEATRE/FILM)

B1 [ C ] a part of a play or film in which the action stays in one place for a continuous period of time:

the funeral/wedding scene
nude/sex scenes
Juliet dies in Act IV, Scene iii.

More examples

  • The whole of the banquet scene is mimed.
  • In the first scene, the camera moves slowly across the room.
  • It took seven retakes to get the scene exactly right.
  • a steamy love scene
  • The love scenes were very tender.

scene noun (VIEW)

B2 [ C ] a view or picture of a place, event, or activity:

Lowry painted street scenes.
scenes of everyday life
figurative There were scenes of great joy as the hostages were reunited with their families.

More examples

  • a scene of desolation
  • Our window looked out on a beautiful alpine scene.
  • The painting depicts an idyllic pastoral scene of shepherds watching over their grazing sheep.
  • Picture the scene - the crowds of people and animals, the noise, the dirt.
  • There is a battle scene on the front cover.

scene noun (PLACE)

B2 [ C usually singular ] a place where an unpleasant event has happened:

Evidence was found at the scene of the crime.

More examples

  • Doctors pronounced him clinically dead at the scene of the accident.
  • Ambulances, police cars and fire engines all converged on the scene.
  • Bloodstained clothing was found near the scene.
  • A knife was found at the scene of the crime.
  • The car had been abandoned two kilometres away from the scene of the robbery.

scene noun (AREA)

B2 [ S ] a particular area of activity and all the people or things connected with it:

Rap music arrived/came/appeared on the scene in the early 1980s.
informal I'd rather go to a jazz concert - I'm afraid opera isn't really my scene (= is not the type of thing I like).

More examples

  • the club scene
  • the British contemporary dance scene
  • She's the most exciting British singer to emerge on the pop scene for a decade.
  • He broke onto the music scene with his first single.
  • The newcomer on the radio scene is a commercial station devoted to classical music.

(Definition of “scene” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"scene" in American English

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scenenoun

us /sin/

scene noun (PLAY/MOVIE)

[ C ] a part of a play or movie in which the action stays in one place for a continuous period:

The opening scene of the movie was filmed in New York City.

scene noun (VIEW)

[ C ] a view or picture of a place:

The scene from the mountaintop was breathtaking.
He painted a street scene.

scene noun (PLACE)

[ C usually sing ] a place where an actual or imagined event happens:

He was convicted of leaving the scene of an accident.
Dozens of firefighters converged on the scene (= they arrived at the place quickly).

scene noun (EVENT)

[ C ] an event, actual or imaginary:

The novel recalls scenes from an era that's vanished.

scene noun (AREA)

[ U ] a particular area of activity or way of life:

the fashion/music scene
He disappeared from the political scene after failing to win reelection.

scene noun (SHOW)

[ C ] a show of emotion or anger:

She made a scene at the checkout when I wouldn’t buy her any candy.

(Definition of “scene” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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