set piece

noun
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of set piece

1 a :a composition (as in literature, art, or music) executed in a fixed or ideal form often with studied artistry and brilliant effect
b :a scene, depiction, speech, or event that is obviously designed to have an imposing effect
2 :a realistic piece of stage scenery standing by itself
3 :a precisely planned and conducted military operation
  • an offensive set piece that caught the enemy off guard

set-piece

play \ˈset-ˌpēs\ 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


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