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 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, "Hospice family benefits from the kindness of strangers inspired by article," 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, "Lady Elizabeth Anson, Party Planner to the Royals, Dies at 79," 23 Nov. 2020 Place a dinner plate in the center of each place setting. Leigh Crandall, Country Living, "How to Set a Table in 5 Easy Steps," 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, "8 Thanksgiving Traditions to Pick Up This Year," 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, "The Beginner's Guide to Creating a Picture-Perfect Tablescape," 30 Oct. 2020 Courtesy of Etsy / LittleDahliaDesigns Customize each place setting with a personalized wood leaf. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, "6 Items That Will Make Your Small Thanksgiving Dinner Feel Special," 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, "Texas police chase ends in death as Live PD cameras roll. "I can't breathe," the man cries," 9 June 2020 Leahy places a runner across her table to make a single place setting seem a little less lonely than a wide tablecloth with empty seats. Bebe Howorth, ELLE Decor, "This U.K. Celeb Event Planner Is Now Dining Alone—on Instagram," 2 Apr. 2020

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1944, in the meaning defined above

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“Place setting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 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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