place setting


Definition of place setting

: a set of dishes and flatware constituting a table service for one person

Examples of place setting in a Sentence

Please lay another place setting for our guest.
Recent Examples on the Web The dining room had 20 tables but only one place setting—for the man. Gloria Dickie, Scientific American, 18 May 2021 Hospice’s patient wish list fund frequently ensures a joyous holiday for families that will likely have a very empty place setting at next year’s Christmas dinner -- a thought that further compelled the Hunts to act. cleveland, 29 Dec. 2020 For an event at the chilly Victoria and Albert Museum, at which the queen was a guest, each place setting included a hot water bottle stitched into a velvet cover, and on each chair was a pashmina wrap. Penelope Green, New York Times, 23 Nov. 2020 Place a dinner plate in the center of each place setting. Leigh Crandall, Country Living, 16 Nov. 2020 Or write a note to each person who will be attending dinner, leaving it at their place setting to read before the meal begins. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, 10 Nov. 2020 One way that Griffin likes to add texture and dimension to her table is by using rattan placemats at each place setting. Lia Picard, House Beautiful, 30 Oct. 2020 Courtesy of Etsy / LittleDahliaDesigns Customize each place setting with a personalized wood leaf. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, 21 Oct. 2020 On holidays, the Amblers keep a place setting at the family table with a picture of their son, who always delivered blessings. Until March 2019, the Amblers lived a quiet and unassuming life. Tony Plohetski, USA TODAY, 9 June 2020

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First Known Use of place setting

1944, in the meaning defined above

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30 May 2021

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“Place setting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of place setting

: a set of dishes, knives, forks, etc., that are put on a table for one person

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