set piece

noun

Definition of set piece

  1. 1a :  a composition (as in literature, art, or music) executed in a fixed or ideal form often with studied artistry and brilliant effectb :  a scene, depiction, speech, or event that is obviously designed to have an imposing effect

  2. 2 :  a realistic piece of stage scenery standing by itself

  3. 3 :  a precisely planned and conducted military operation an offensive set piece that caught the enemy off guard

set–piece

adjective

Examples of set piece in a Sentence

  1. a movie with some lovely set pieces

  2. She scored with a set piece.

First Known Use of set piece

1834


SET PIECE Defined for English Language Learners

set piece

noun

Definition of set piece for English Language Learners

  • : a scene in a movie or play, an image in a painting, a piece of music, etc., that has a familiar style or pattern and that creates a particular and usually dramatic effect

  • : a carefully planned and performed group of movements in sports

Learn More about set piece


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up set piece? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

an incorrigible rascal

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • istock-refers-to-this-as-a-tumble-of-strawberries-which-sounded-pretty-nice-to-us
  • Which is a synonym of garner?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!