: 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

:  the manner, position, or direction in which something is set
:  the frame or bed in which a gem is set; also :  style of mounting
a :  the time, place, and circumstances in which something occurs or develops
b :  the time and place of the action of a literary, dramatic, or cinematic work
c :  the scenery used in a theatrical or film production
:  the music composed for a text (as a poem)
:  the articles of tableware for setting a place at table <two settings of sterling silver>
:  a batch of eggs for incubation

Examples of SETTING

  1. This would be a beautiful setting for a picnic.
  2. He tends to be shy in social settings.
  3. dining in a casual setting
  4. The movie changes the play's setting from the late 18th century to the year 2000.
  5. She uses modern-day Los Angeles as the setting for her book.
  6. Save money by turning the temperature settings up in the summer and down in the winter.
  7. She just learned how to change the settings on her camera.

First Known Use of SETTING

14th century

Rhymes with SETTING

May 28, 2015
fictioneer Hear it
someone who writes fiction
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