set·​ter ˈse-tər How to pronounce setter (audio)
: one that sets
: a large bird dog (such as an Irish setter) of a type trained to point on finding game

Examples of setter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Senior setter Brayden Brien had an efficient match as did sophomore outside hitter Connor Gapp. David Delgado, Orange County Register, 11 May 2024 Outside hitter Christian Ting had 13 kills and junior setter Tavas Spencer had 36 assists and two aces for Vanden. Nathan Canilao, The Mercury News, 20 May 2024 The setter/opposite had a match-high five aces with 12 kills. Tim Meehan and Breven Honda, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 May 2024 While Baltimore re-signed outside linebacker Kyle Van Noy, who had a career-high nine sacks last season, running mate Jadeveon Clowney departed for the Carolina Panthers in free agency after matching his career high with 9 1/2 sacks as well as being a valuable edge setter against the run. Brian Wacker, Baltimore Sun, 30 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for setter 

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of setter was in the 15th century

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“Setter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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set·​ter ˈset-ər How to pronounce setter (audio)
: someone or something that sets
: a large long-coated dog (as an Irish setter) used in hunting birds that is trained to point on finding game

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