Definition of setting

  1. 1 :  the manner, position, or direction in which something is set

  2. 2 :  the frame or bed in which a gem is set; also :  style of mounting

  3. 3a :  the time, place, and circumstances in which something occurs or developsb :  the time and place of the action of a literary, dramatic, or cinematic workc :  the scenery used in a theatrical or film production

  4. 4 :  the music composed for a text (as a poem)

  5. 5 :  the articles of tableware for setting a place at table two settings of sterling silver

  6. 6 :  a batch of eggs for incubation

Examples of setting in a sentence

  1. This would be a beautiful setting for a picnic.

  2. He tends to be shy in social settings.

  3. dining in a casual setting

  4. The movie changes the play's setting from the late 18th century to the year 2000.

  5. She uses modern-day Los Angeles as the setting for her book.

  6. Save money by turning the temperature settings up in the summer and down in the winter.

  7. She just learned how to change the settings on her camera.

14th Century

First Known Use of setting

14th century

Synonym Discussion of setting

background, setting, environment, milieu, mise-en-scène mean the place, time, and circumstances in which something occurs. background often refers to the circumstances or events that precede a phenomenon or development the shocking decision was part of the background of the riots. setting suggests looking at real-life situations in literary or dramatic terms a militant reformer who was born into an unlikely social setting. environment applies to all the external factors that have a formative influence on one's physical, mental, or moral development the kind of environment that produces juvenile delinquents. milieu applies especially to the physical and social surroundings of a person or group of persons an intellectual milieu conducive to artistic experimentation. mise-en-scène strongly suggests the use of properties to achieve a particular atmosphere or theatrical effect a gothic thriller with a carefully crafted mise-en-scène.

SETTING Defined for English Language Learners



Definition of setting for English Language Learners

  • : the place and conditions in which something happens or exists

  • : the time, place, and conditions in which the action of a book, movie, etc., takes place

  • : the rooms, painted backgrounds, furniture, etc., that are used for a scene in a movie or play

SETTING Defined for Kids


noun set·ting \ˈse-tiŋ\

Definition of setting for Students

  1. 1 :  the act of someone or something that sets

  2. 2 :  that in which something is set or mounted a gold setting for a ruby

  3. 3 :  the background (as time and place) of the action of a story or play

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