set·​ter | \ ˈse-tər How to pronounce setter (audio) \

Definition of setter

1 : one that sets
2 : 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 Every Monday, Patchell sends his athletes an email with a message for the week, a tone-setter to use to attack whatever challenge lies ahead. Eli Lederman, Arkansas Online, 25 May 2021 McIntyre, a setter and opposite side hitter, had 15 kills, 16 assists and 5 blocks according to stats compiled for the Florida High School Athletic Association. Buddy Collings,, 14 May 2021 The setter and three-year varsity player had 18 assists against Lakes and 24 assists, four blocks and four kills against New Trier. Nick Frazier,, 3 May 2021 Donovan excelled as the team’s starting setter, while defense was one of the Eagles’ strengths thanks to freshmen liberos Ava Camp and Christine Liu. Brent Kennedy,, 30 Apr. 2021 Sewell will immediately become a tone-setter for the rest of the offense. Kirkland Crawford, Detroit Free Press, 30 Apr. 2021 Senior setter/hitter Edie Brewer from Lakota East and redshirt junior Fatimah Shabazz from Northwest. James Weber, The Enquirer, 13 Apr. 2021 Adelle Brogger, senior setter and team captain, is our sparkplug on the court. oregonlive, 1 Apr. 2021 Freshman Melani Shaffmaster was named Big Ten setter of the week after averaging 11.3 assists per set against the Boilermakers. Star Tribune, 12 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of setter

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Setter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of setter

: a person or thing that determines or establishes something
: a large dog that has long ears and long, smooth hair


set·​ter | \ ˈse-tər How to pronounce setter (audio) \

Kids Definition of setter

1 : a large dog that has long hair and is used in hunting birds
2 : someone or something that sets

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