seat·​ing | \ ˈsē-tiŋ How to pronounce seating (audio) \

Definition of seating

1a : material for covering or upholstering seats
b : a seat on or in which something rests a valve seating
2 : the act of providing with seats

Examples of seating in a Sentence

There won't be enough seating for everyone. The auditorium has seating for 400. There is additional seating on the deck. The auditorium has a seating capacity of 400. There are two seatings for tea. We bought tickets for the 5:30 seating of the show.
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Recent Examples on the Web

The Bel Air original will undergo an expansion this fall to offer dine-in seating, additional hours and a more extensive menu, according to the company’s website. Christina Tkacik,, "Flavor Cupcakery moving out of Cockeysville, expanding Bel Air location," 11 Sep. 2019 The show is general admission with some reserved seating, with prices running from $75 (the cheapest) to $200, plus service charges. John Wenzel, The Know, "Bob Dylan is playing Denver’s Mission Ballroom in October," 9 Sep. 2019 The home theater, which features a high-end projector and theater-style seating, displays game balls and other sports memorabilia from Gates’ playing days. Los Angeles Times, "Hot Property: Weight loss guru Jenny Craig drops a few thousand square feet in Del Mar," 7 Sep. 2019 Admission is free, but VIP packages ($50) are available with reserved seating, a three-course family-style feast, a welcome beer, your very own Oktoberfest stein, and a tour. Kara Baskin,, "Fall is around the corner, and at Jack’s Abby, so is Oktoberfest," 6 Sep. 2019 Springer's shot struck the windows on a set of suites above the first two decks of left field seating, a mammoth blast that started an avalanche. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros take down Blue Jays in series opener," 30 Aug. 2019 Four small ottomans can be moved around to use as extra seating, or pushed together as a coffee table. Washington Post, "How to design a narrow living room around an inherited piano," 24 Aug. 2019 The Turkish fainting couch was inspired by Middle Eastern seating, which boasted everything from tufted details to eye-catching skirts. Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, "Everything You Need to Know About a Fainting Couch," 23 Aug. 2019 Showers and bathrooms will be available on the grounds; golf carts at your own risk with driver’s license; lawn seating – bring your own lawn chairs, and there will be security on site. Shiela Johnson,, "North Carroll: Manchester Valley Stampede; bluegrass event returns as Upperco Music Festival; ‘Heroin Still Kills’ showing," 19 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of seating

1761, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of seating was in 1761

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English Language Learners Definition of seating

: seats or places to sit
: a scheduled time when people are allowed into a performance, a meal, etc.

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