sit·​ting | \ ˈsi-tiŋ How to pronounce sitting (audio) \

Definition of sitting

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : the act of one that sits
b : a single occasion of continuous sitting (as for a portrait or meal)
2a : a brooding over eggs for hatching
3 : session a sitting of the legislature



Definition of sitting (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : that is setting a sitting hen
2 : occupying a judicial, legislative, or executive seat : being in office
3 : easily hit or played a sitting target
4a : used in or for sitting a sitting position
b : performed while sitting a sitting shot

Examples of sitting in a Sentence

Noun I got through the book in one sitting. He finished the portrait in one sitting. We'll eat at the second sitting. We have reservations for the 5:30 sitting. Adjective a sitting member of Parliament
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun At the time, only eight episodes had been made, and Campos watched them all in one sitting. Sasha Urban, Variety, 5 May 2022 Butch Jordan was a 5-year-old sitting on the south end of the bleachers on the night of Dec. 10, 1949, cheering on the Hope Red Devils. Kyle Neddenriep, The Indianapolis Star, 29 Apr. 2022 The tractor will move through the fields plowing the soil, without the need for a human sitting in the vehicle. Michelle Cheng, Quartz, 11 Jan. 2022 The pair put their heads together in New York and conceptualized the entire collection in a single sitting. Vogue, 25 Apr. 2022 The bedroom includes a large sitting area with ample natural light for reading, looking out at the pool, or watching wildlife. Mary Colurso |, al, 16 Apr. 2022 Evusheld is administered through a pair of injections — given in a single sitting — for those 12 and older. Los Angeles Times, 12 Mar. 2022 The Neptune suites feature floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking a private verandah, a large sitting area, and a dual-sink vanity. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 16 Feb. 2022 The one-bedroom suite includes a separate parlor room and a mid-century modern sitting area. Danielle Harling, House Beautiful, 13 Feb. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective In Mississippi, where the sitting Republican governor is term-limited, Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood is running against Republican Lt. Tim Craig, Washington Post, 5 Nov. 2019 With the stalemate, the sitting Republican governor, Morgan G. Bulkeley simply stayed in office for two more years. Gideon Cohn-postar, The Conversation, 1 Nov. 2019 For a while, the sitting Republican governor, Matt Bevin, looked eminently deposable. I.k. | Lexington, The Economist, 1 Nov. 2019 Another favorite among our testers, the Deluxe has a wide and broad sitting area that doesn't pinch or press into your hammies, shoulders, or hips. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, 11 June 2019 Blessed be the person who can fall asleep sitting upright while wrapped in a flimsy layer of polyester blanket that only covers approximately 1/3rd of the length of their legs. Condé Nast Traveler, 22 Mar. 2018 Outside, the 16,107-square-foot La Villa Contenta has more sitting areas for relaxation, work and watching the tots play. Cara Zimmerman, Harper's BAZAAR, 26 June 2017 The pattern of Catalonia supporting a losing side in a war, and paying through the nose for it, continued as right-wing fascist forces under the direction of General Francisco Franco sought to usurp the sitting Republican government in 1936. Kate Keller, Smithsonian, 25 June 2018 Kylie is currently in Paris to celebrate Virgil Abloh’s premiere menswear collection for Louis Vuitton, which debuted yesterday to the likes of Kim Kardashian, Rihanna, and more sitting front row. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, 22 June 2018 See More

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First Known Use of sitting


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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18 May 2022

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“Sitting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for sitting


sit·​ting | \ ˈsi-tiŋ \

Kids Definition of sitting

1 : a period during which someone poses for a portrait or photograph
2 : session sense 2 a sitting of the legislature
3 : a time when a meal is served to a number of people There will be two sittings for the dinner.


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