\ˈsēt \

Definition of seat 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a special chair of one in eminence also : the status represented by it

b : a chair, stool, or bench intended to be sat in or on

c : the particular part of something on which one rests in sitting the seat of a chair trouser seat

d : buttocks

2a : a seating accommodation a seat for the game a 200-seat restaurant

b : a right of sitting lost his seat in Congress

c : membership on an exchange

3a : a place where something specified is prevalent : center a seat of learning

b : a place from which authority is exercised the county seat

c : a bodily part in which some function or condition is centered the brain as the seat of the mind

4 : posture in or way of sitting on horseback

5a : a part at or forming the base of something

b : a part (such as a socket) or surface on or in which another part or surface rests

by the seat of one's pants

: using experience and intuition rather than mechanical aids or formal theory


seated; seating; seats

Definition of seat (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to install in a seat of dignity or office

b(1) : to cause to sit or assist in finding a seat

(2) : to provide seats for a theater seating 1000 persons

c : to put in a sitting position

2 : to repair the seat of or provide a new seat for

3 : to fit to or with a seat seat a valve

intransitive verb

1 archaic : to take one's seat or place

2 : to fit correctly on a seat

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Examples of seat in a Sentence


There were seats for six people at the table. a car with leather seats He used the box as a seat. He couldn't find his seat in the concert hall. The city recently built a new 1,000-seat theater. She booked a seat on the next flight to Rome. The stool's seat is broken. The chairs have woven seats. The Democrats gained two more seats in the last election. She won a Senate seat.


I could seat you here if you wish. The plans call for a stadium seating 30,000 people.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Nawabzada Siraj Raisani, a candidate for a provincial legislature seat in the Mastung district, was among those killed. Shaiq Hussain And Antonio Olivo,, "Pakistanis urge military to boost security after hundreds die in attacks before election," 14 July 2018 Tir na Nog Tir na Nog is showing the match on all of its screens, which means there won’t be a bad seat in the house. Bethany Ao,, "World Cup final 2018: Where to watch France-Croatia in Philadelphia," 12 July 2018 Let’s grab a seat in the Wine Wayback Machine and go back to the year 2000. Patrick Comiskey,, "Why you should be drinking Gamay Noir this summer," 11 July 2018 Donnelly, a Democrat holding a vulnerable seat in red Indiana, echoed that assessment. Gregg Re, Fox News, "Kavanaugh nod touches off Supreme Court confirmation battle; Dems warn of 'deaths of countless women'," 10 July 2018 Having a heated seat in your car or using dishwasher detergent were also good wealth indicators. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Here Are the Best Indicators of Whether You're Rich," 9 July 2018 But one of the perks of being a FIFA Council member is access to the best seat in the house for any game at the World Cup. Tariq Panja, New York Times, "For FIFA Executives, World Cup Perks Survive a Scandal," 13 July 2018 This week, shortly after Donald Trump announced his nominee for the Supreme Court seat left vacant by the retirement of Anthony Kennedy, a joking hashtag began trending on Twitter. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "Brett Kavanaugh, Jim Jordan, and the Fog of the Partisan," 13 July 2018 The former mayor first entered office in 2011 after his election to the District Two seat on the Board of Supervisors. Dominic Fracassa,, "Now-former SF Mayor Farrell looks back on short term, future of city," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

After a spectacular pink-tinged, heavily Instagrammed sunset, guests gathered around a fire pit area with seating made from stone found on the island. Fortune, "'Glamping' Has Officially Come to New York City," 12 July 2018 With 14 tables, the patio adds seating for 56 customers. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Dining patios proliferate around Milwaukee; a look at some new ones for 2018," 10 July 2018 The kitchen, which opens to the dining room, boasts quartz countertops, new stainless steel appliances, and peninsula seating for five. Shannon Rooney,, "On the market: A change of plans for a flip in Glenside," 6 July 2018 The large, curved bar top offers seating for at least four. Emma Kate Fittes, Indianapolis Star, "Hot Property: This six-bedroom home in Carmel's West Clay could be yours for $950,000," 6 July 2018 Morena, which Lopez Obrador founded four years ago, also won four of the eight governor’s seats up for grabs Sunday. Patrick J. Mcdonnell,, "Big gains in Congress, governorships for Mexico's president-elect," 3 July 2018 The $45 experience takes place 1-4:30 p.m., Wednesday to Sunday, with each seating lasting 90 minutes. Lori Rackl,, "Bicentennial bucket list: 20 essential Illinois drinks," 29 June 2018 As the final speaker at Thursday’s stadium groundbreaking ceremonies, the head coach of Louisville City FC was accorded a standing ovation from spectators who had remained seated for the governor and the mayor. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville City's James O'Connor has earned his exit bows," 29 June 2018 The Lions' first two practices of the summer, July 27-28, will be open exclusively to season-ticket holders, while seating for the final nine workouts is first come, first served. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions training camp opens 12 practices to public," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of seat


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1586, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for seat


Middle English sete, from Old Norse sæti; akin to Old English gesete seat, sittan to sit

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Financial Definition of seat

What It Is

A seat is a license to trade on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, either as an agent for someone else or for his or her own personal accounts (in which case, the person is called a floor trader).

How It Works

The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE, also known as the Big Board) is the first and most popular stock exchange in the world. It was created in 1792 when two dozen stockbrokers and merchants signed the Buttonwood Agreement. Stocks, bonds, mutual funds, exchange-traded funds, and derivatives all trade on the NYSE.

The NYSE is an auction market where brokers and specialists buy and sell securities for people by matching the highest bidding price with the lowest selling price. When an investor wishes to buy or sell a security listed on the NYSE, he or she "places a trade" or an "order" by calling her broker or going to her online trading account. In either case, the order goes to a broker, who can get the order to the exchange several ways -- through a regional exchange, electronic communications network or directly to the NYSE. No matter how, the order eventually reaches the floor of the NYSE where floor brokers and specialists handle transactions.

Floor brokers execute buy and sell orders on behalf of their clients or the firms they work for. If you wanted to sell some shares of Company XYZ, for example, you might call your broker down the street and place a sell order. Your broker might in turn route the order to one of his firm's floor brokers who are actually on the floor of the exchange. The floor broker approaches the Company XYZ specialist (see below) and executes the trade. Some floor brokers are independent, meaning that they are not employed by any brokerage firm, but provide services to brokerage firms (that is, they work for themselves). In either case, floor brokers are the people doing most of the shouting on the trading floor.

Being a floor broker requires owning a seat on the NYSE.

Why It Matters

Seat holders help ensure an orderly market, which is one of the pillars of a stable financial system. For many, a seat on the NYSE is a symbol of all that is Wall Street. It is the place where fortunes are made and lost, and where the free market can be seen in its most tangible form. The NYSE manages the transfer of trading seats and determines which companies qualify for listing on the exchange. It also investigates and prosecutes violations of NYSE and federal securities regulations and can censure, fine, suspend, expel or bar members.

Although the NYSE expends considerable effort monitoring seat holders, they are also subject to a considerable amount of regulation from several federal agencies, such as the Federal Reserve, and from a host of laws, such as the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

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English Language Learners Definition of seat

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: something (such as a chair) that you sit on : a place for sitting

: the part of a chair or other piece of furniture that a person sits on

: the part of a piece of clothing (such as a skirt or pair of pants) that you sit on



English Language Learners Definition of seat (Entry 2 of 2)

: to give (a person) a place to sit

: to have enough seats for (a certain number of people)


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Kids Definition of seat

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : something (as a chair) used to sit in or on

2 : the part of something on which a person sits a chair seat There's a tear on the seat of my pants.

3 : the place on or at which a person sits Take your seat.

4 : a place that serves as a capital or center a seat of government

Other Words from seat

seated \ˈsēt-əd \ adjective


seated; seating

Kids Definition of seat (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to place in or on a seat Ushers seated the guests.

2 : to have enough places to sit for The hall seats 500 people.

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Medical Definition of seat 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a part or surface especially in dentistry on or in which another part or surface rests — see rest seat

Medical Definition of seat (Entry 2 of 2)

: to provide with or position on a dental seat

intransitive verb

: to fit correctly on a dental seat

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