Definitions for scenariosɪˈnɛər iˌoʊ, -ˈnɑr-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

sce•nar•i•osɪˈnɛər iˌoʊ, -ˈnɑr-(n.)(pl.)-nar•i•os.

  1. an outline of the plot of a dramatic work, giving particulars of the scenes, characters, etc.

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  2. the outline or sometimes the complete script of a motion picture or television program, often with directions for shooting.

    Category: Showbiz

    Ref: shooting script.

  3. an imagined sequence of events, esp. any of several detailed plans or possibilities.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

Origin of scenario:

1875–80; < It < L scēnārium

Princeton's WordNet

  1. scenario(noun)

    an outline or synopsis of a play (or, by extension, of a literary work)

  2. scenario(noun)

    a setting for a work of art or literature

    "the scenario is France during the Reign of Terror"

  3. scenario(noun)

    a postulated sequence of possible events

    "planners developed several scenarios in case of an attack"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. scenario(noun)ɪˈnɛər iˌoʊ, -ˈnɑr-

    a possible future situation

    an unlikely scenario

  2. scenarioɪˈnɛər iˌoʊ, -ˈnɑr-

    the worst possible situation

    The worst-case scenario would be a nuclear terrorist attack.


  1. scenario(Noun)

    An outline of the plot of a dramatic or literary work.

  2. scenario(Noun)

    A screenplay itself, or an outline or a treatment of it.

  3. scenario(Noun)

    An outline or model of an expected or supposed sequence of events.

  4. Origin: An word (a derivation of scena), from scaena. See scene.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Scenario(noun)

    a preliminary sketch of the plot, or main incidents, of an opera


  1. Scenario

    A scenario is a synoptical collage of an event or series of actions and events. In the Commedia dell'arte it was an outline of entrances, exits, and action describing the plot of a play that was literally pinned to the back of the scenery. It is also known as canovaccio or "that which is pinned to the canvas" of which the scenery was constructed. Surviving scenarios from the Renaissance contain little other than character names, brief descriptions of action, and references to specific lazzi with no further explanation. It is believed that a scenario forms the basis of a fully improvisational performance though it is also likely that they were simple reminders of the plot for those members of the cast who were literate. Modern commedia troupes most often make use of a script with varying degrees of additional improvisation. In the creation of an opera or ballet, a scenario is often developed initially to indicate how the original source, if any, is to be adapted and to summarize the aspects of character, staging, plot, etc. that can be expanded later in a fully developed libretto, or script. This sketch can be helpful in "pitching" the idea to a prospective producer, director or composer.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'scenario' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4407

Translations for scenario

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the painted background for a play etc on a stage

The scenery looked rather shabby.

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