What does scenario mean?

Definitions for scenariosɪˈnɛər iˌoʊ, -ˈnɑr-

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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"


  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

  2. Origin: [It.]


  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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of scenario in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of scenario in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Thomas Chouvenc:

    That is the worst-case scenario.

  2. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev:

    One needs to prepare for the worst scenario.

  3. Warren Brown:

    I think you will have the same scenario with the other trials.

  4. Wilson Rosa:

    Considering our investment horizon, the scenario is very attractive.

  5. Brett Marcy:

    No connection between Pittsburgh and here; this is different scenario.

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