setting

noun
set·​ting | \ ˈse-tiŋ How to pronounce setting (audio) \

Definition of setting

1 : the manner, position, or direction in which something is set
2 : the frame or bed in which a gem is set also : style of mounting
3a : the time, place, and circumstances in which something occurs or develops
b : the time and place of the action of a literary, dramatic, or cinematic work
c : the scenery used in a theatrical or film production
4 : the music composed for a text (such as a poem)
5 : the articles of tableware for setting a place at table two settings of sterling silver
6 : a batch of eggs for incubation

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Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of setting in a Sentence

This would be a beautiful setting for a picnic. He tends to be shy in social settings. dining in a casual setting The movie changes the play's setting from the late 18th century to the year 2000. She uses modern-day Los Angeles as the setting for her book. Save money by turning the temperature settings up in the summer and down in the winter. She just learned how to change the settings on her camera.
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Push pops at Steuben’s Your childhood creamsicle dreams can still come true at Steuben’s, which serves throwback frozen treats in its retro diner settings (two locations: Arvada and Uptown). Josie Sexton, The Know, "10 frozen treats to try around Denver this summer," 3 June 2019 Former editor and jeweler Elizabeth Locke has been collecting micromosaics for years, at first updating them in her own settings to sell, then adding them to her personal collection of more than 100 pieces. Parker Bowie Larson, ELLE Decor, "These Micromosaic Pendants and Tea Sets Are Incredible," 10 May 2019 The European Central Bank shouldn’t delay a return to more normal policy settings as soon as economic conditions allow, German central-bank president, Jens Weidmann, said on Thursday. Tom Fairless, WSJ, "Bundesbank Head Cautions ECB on Delayed Return to Normal Policy," 2 May 2019 Dobrev's go-to settings are either the red light for anti-aging benefits or a combination of red and blue lights for healing breakouts. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Watch Nina Dobrev's Nighttime Skincare Routine," 9 Apr. 2019 Each one holds up to 12 place settings at once, come with removable flatware baskets, and are Energy Star qualified. Jessica Dailey, Good Housekeeping, "Built-in Dishwasher," 11 Feb. 2019 For the most part, these frame rates line up with desktop APUs, which are definitely in the 720p range at low to medium settings. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "AMD announces new mobile Ryzen chips and finally gets into Chromebooks," 6 Jan. 2019 Keep in mind that these concepts can be applied to different settings. SELF, "7 Ways Experts and Influencers Can Make Their Nutrition Advice More Inclusive," 16 Oct. 2018 The same applies to professional settings and business materials. Michelle Goodman, The Seattle Times, "How to be a more inclusive freelancer," 16 Oct. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'setting.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of setting

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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setting

noun

English Language Learners Definition of setting

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

setting

noun
set·​ting | \ ˈse-tiŋ\

Kids Definition of setting

1 : the act of someone or something that sets
2 : that in which something is set or mounted a gold setting for a ruby
3 : the background (as time and place) of the action of a story or play

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