Simple Definition of setting
: the place and conditions in which something happens or exists
: the time, place, and conditions in which the action of a book, movie, etc., takes place
: the rooms, painted backgrounds, furniture, etc., that are used for a scene in a movie or play
Full Definition of setting
1 : the manner, position, or direction in which something is set
2 : the frame or bed in which a gem is set; also : style of mounting
3a : the time, place, and circumstances in which something occurs or developsb : the time and place of the action of a literary, dramatic, or cinematic workc : the scenery used in a theatrical or film production
4 : the music composed for a text (as a poem)
5 : the articles of tableware for setting a place at table <two settings of sterling silver>
6 : a batch of eggs for incubation
Examples of setting in a sentence
This would be a beautiful setting for a picnic.
He tends to be shy in social settings.
dining in a casual setting
The movie changes the play's setting from the late 18th century to the year 2000.
She uses modern-day Los Angeles as the setting for her book.
Save money by turning the temperature settings up in the summer and down in the winter.
She just learned how to change the settings on her camera.
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SETTING Defined for Kids
Definition of setting for Students
1 : the act of someone or something that sets
2 : that in which something is set or mounted <a gold setting for a ruby>
3 : the background (as time and place) of the action of a story or play
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