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set piece

noun

Simple Definition of set piece

  • : a scene in a movie or play, an image in a painting, a piece of music, etc., that has a familiar style or pattern and that creates a particular and usually dramatic effect

  • : a carefully planned and performed group of movements in sports

Full Definition of set piece

  1. 1a :  a composition (as in literature, art, or music) executed in a fixed or ideal form often with studied artistry and brilliant effectb :  a scene, depiction, speech, or event that is obviously designed to have an imposing effect

  2. 2 :  a realistic piece of stage scenery standing by itself

  3. 3 :  a precisely planned and conducted military operation <an offensive set piece that caught the enemy off guard>

set–piece adjective

Examples of set piece

  1. a movie with some lovely set pieces

  2. She scored with a set piece.



1834

First Known Use of set piece

1834


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