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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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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The setting is different, the characters are different, and the timeline has advanced another 15 years. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "15 years later, Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 is finally happening," 21 Mar. 2019 The setting was idyllic to start: A five-story townhouse with interior design by David Chipperfield, located on a quiet street overlooking a park. Ella Riley-adams, Vogue, "The Future Perfect Launches a Fully Shoppable Home With (What Else?) a House Party," 13 Mar. 2019 The situation can be more intense if the setting is a high-profile trial involving a celebrity defendant. Michael Tarm, The Seattle Times, "Legal hurdles would look familiar in any new R. Kelly case," 20 Feb. 2019 To amplify its vibrant color payoff, Mayo spritzed his brush with a setting spray before dipping it into the shadow. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Lizzo Paired Drugstore Lashes With Neon Green Makeup at the 2019 GLAAD Media Awards," 29 Mar. 2019 Next is moisturizer, lip balm, and a little setting spray. Vogue, "Karlie Kloss’s Guide to a Flawless Face—And the Perfect Going-Out Lip," 27 Mar. 2019 Here, contemporary art and exquisite historic settings are engaged in an exquisite dialogue. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "Can Egypt Convince the World That It Is Starting Over?," 19 Mar. 2019 Finish up the coverage with a setting powder or spray. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "A Celebrity Beauty Expert Offers the Best Tips On How to Hide Your Biggest Hickeys," 7 Mar. 2019 Everyone's loving Netflix's new Dumplin', and the movie's Southern setting is part of its charm. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Netflix's New 'Dumplin'' Movie Was Actually Filmed in These Small Georgia Towns," 16 Dec. 2018

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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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