1. The pronunciation is normally si-nah-ri-oh in BrE and si-nai-r-i-oh in AmE. The plural form is scenarios.
2. The word came into English from Italian in the late 19c as a term for the outline plot of a play, ballet, novel, etc., and was extended to the world of film in the early 20c. From the 1960s a new meaning exploded into use, and the word now commonly refers to any supposed or imagined series of events, or even to a static situation:

• How then do we decide which class to assign a couple to where he is a builder and she is a secretary (not that uncommon a scenario)? —R. Symonds, 1988

• The entire education scenario is a joke —Liverpool Daily Echo, 2007.

This use of scenario is often regarded with suspicion, but it is hard to see why when so many other comparable figurative uses (such as scene) pass without comment. In its right place, when the imagined events or circumstances form a related sequence and are therefore comparable to the elements of a story-line, the word is a useful one.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • Scenario — Scénario Réalisation audiovisuelle Les différentes étapes L Art Le métier …   Wikipédia en Français

  • scenario — ит. [шэна/рио], англ. [сина/рио] scénario фр. [сэнарио/] сценарий …   Словарь иностранных музыкальных терминов

  • scénario — scenario ит. [шэна/рио], англ. [сина/рио] scénario фр. [сэнарио/] сценарий …   Словарь иностранных музыкальных терминов

  • scenario — (n.) 1878, sketch of the plot of a play, from It. scenario, from L.L. scenarius of stage scenes, from L. scena scene (see SCENE (Cf. scene)). Meaning imagined situation is first recorded 1962 …   Etymology dictionary

  • Scenario — Sce*na ri*o, n. [It.] A preliminary sketch of the plot, or main incidents, of an opera. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Scenarĭo — (ital.), Verzeichniß der aufeinander[40] folgenden Scenen mit wesentlicher Angabe des Inhalts, deren Dialog von den Schauspielern extemporirt wird …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Scenarĭo — (ital., spr. sche ), s. Argument und Scenarium …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • scenario — noun abstract, analysis, brief, capsule, compression, condensation, contents, digest, essence, narrative, outline, plot, recap, recapitulation, report, review, script, sketch, story, sum and substance, summary, synopsis, text Burton s Legal… …   Law dictionary

  • scenario — /ʃe narjo/ s.m. [dal lat. tardo scaenarium spazio per le scene ]. 1. a. (cinem., teatr.) [complesso degli elementi (tavole o tele dipinte, fondale, suppellettili, ecc.) che raffigurano l ambiente in cui si svolge l azione teatrale o… …   Enciclopedia Italiana

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