Definition of set piece
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 : 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>
Examples of set piece in a sentence
a movie with some lovely set pieces
She scored with a set piece.
First Known Use of set piece
SET PIECE Defined for English Language Learners
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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