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

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Taken together, these two forces in 2018—the emergence of Mr. Trump as the unrivaled Republican agenda-setter, and women as an expanding base for Democrats—represent a paradigm shift in American politics. Gerald F. Seib, WSJ, "Trump vs. Democratic Women: Headline Fight of the 2018 Campaign," 5 Nov. 2018 Vales has a bull’s-eye on his back as the son of the coach, while Burden is the younger brother of former all-area setter Grant Burden. Logan Malloy,, "Boys volleyball notes: Sandburg recovers from slow start to go 14-4 in last 18 matches heading into playoffs," 17 May 2018 At least this pair of jet setters has found a creative way to stay connected during their time apart. Rachel Swalin, ELLE Decor, "This Couple's Long-Distance Relationship Is Beautifully Captured On Instagram," 21 Apr. 2017 As a Coachella first-timer, Sudan Archives said that Beyoncé’s performance on the main stage was a table-setter for the future. Makeda Easter,, "'If she’s going to headline, I’m going to headline:' Black women reflect on the power of Beyoncé at Coachella," 25 Apr. 2018 Knight, a 2014 Sandburg graduate, was a two-time all-area setter who enters her redshirt junior season at Southern Illinois Edwardsville. Tony Baranek, Daily Southtown, "The blue-and-gold standard: Volleyball standout Rachel Krasowski looking for junior achievement at Sandburg," 12 July 2018 Our women’s national soccer team serves as a standard setter for other professional leagues, other professional athletes, and beyond. Samantha Leach, Glamour, "Abby Wambach Won't Stop Until the U.S. Women's Soccer Team Gets Equal Pay," 12 Mar. 2019 Groups of goal-setters can offer support and chat real-time — a great model for anyone who feels encouraged by interpersonal communication and camaraderie (er, everyone, right?!). Good Housekeeping, "What Is Noom? Here's What a Nutritionist Really Thinks About the Trendy Weight-Loss App," 29 Jan. 2019 The Daytona 500 is supposed to serve as the table-setter for a special season. Edgar Thompson,, "Austin Dillon reflects on life-changing win at Daytona 500," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of setter

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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a sum of money that is sent as a payment

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