set·​ter | \ˈse-tər \

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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In financial services, the U.K. may be big enough to become a rule setter itself. Stephen Fidler, WSJ, "Trump’s Criticism of May’s Brexit Plan Zeroes In on Trade Reality," 13 July 2018 Senior outside hitter/defensive specialist Sammy Normand was selected out of Klein Collins and senior setter Adel Gage out of Klein Oak. Alvaro Montano, Houston Chronicle, "Northwest Houston area volleyball players earn GHVCA preseason honors," 12 July 2018 The growth nationwide has been steady, but no market has taken a longer stride in the past eight years than Kansas City, home to a franchise that Garber calls a trend-setter for the rest of the league. Sam Mcdowell, kansascity, "How a World Cup would benefit Sporting KC. Let us count the ways," 15 June 2018 But the tragedy shouldn’t obscure the story of Spade’s remarkable success as a creative entrepreneur and a cultural trend-setter of classic good taste. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Kate Spade, Entrepreneur," 7 June 2018 The new owner’s offenses include the adoption of an on-mountain app that features Fahrenheit and inches, rather than Celsius and centimeters, and a season-pass pricing system that benefits globetrotting jet-setters at the expense of locals., "Is Vail Resorts Killing Whistler’s Spirit?," 9 Apr. 2018 That's because we were treated to two epic five-setters, both of which lasted more than four hours. Jon Wertheim,, "Four Thoughts From Four Quarterfinals: Rafa-Djokovic to Meet, Federer Upset," 11 July 2018 The 6-foot Wishart is the team’s setter, a crucial position in volleyball. Andrew Higginbottom,, "In Braintree, Wishart, other newcomers elevate volleyball," 25 May 2018 Along with naming his son-in-law as the economy czar and claiming the exclusive power to pick central bank rate-setters, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has done away with key qualifications for top-level appointments. Cagan Koc,, "Erdogan diminishes requirements for top posts in Turkey," 11 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 \

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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