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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Senate sitting as a court of impeachment stands adjourned sine die. NBC News, "Transcript: Not Guilty," 6 Feb. 2020 Fifteen minutes of quiet sitting is followed by a group visualization and a collective gratitude practice. Rachel Monroe, The New Yorker, "How Natural Wine Became a Symbol of Virtuous Consumption," 18 Nov. 2019 At the sitting room side, Julie Corbett built a large stationary island with cabinets below. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "$1M Grosse Pointe mansion was designed for prominent family," 9 Nov. 2019 Giamatti asked playfully before agreeing to the sitting. Amber Elliott, Houston Chronicle, "Actor Paul Giamatti, mayoral candidate Tony Buzbee join Houstonians at Denali Foundation gala in NYC," 30 Oct. 2019 With only 17 test sittings left to improve the student’s score, and panicked that other high school students are gaining an unfair advantage, the parent can’t control his own increasingly odd behaviors., "8. SAT deficit hyperactivity disorder (SDHD).," 23 Oct. 2019 That assures that government operations continue unaffected by the impasse and that Canadian interests abroad are represented by the sitting officials. David Shribman, Los Angeles Times, "Justin Trudeau wins tight Canadian election, but he’ll need a coalition to govern," 21 Oct. 2019 If a deal is agreed on during the two-day summit, Johnson hopes to present it to Britain’s Parliament at a special sitting Saturday. Washington Post, "High anxiety in Brussels: Will Brexit deal be clinched?," 17 Oct. 2019 That’s a lot of mashed potatoes to stomach in one sitting. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Why the 'Blue Bloods' Family Dinner Scenes Can be 'Miserable' to Film," 11 Oct. 2019 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, "Voters in Kentucky, Mississippi decide whether Trump can sway races for governor," 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, "Mississippi governor’s race taking place under Jim Crow-era rules after judge refuses to block them," 1 Nov. 2019 For a while, the sitting Republican governor, Matt Bevin, looked eminently deposable. I.k. | Lexington, The Economist, "The election for Kentucky’s governor will be a referendum on Donald Trump," 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, "The 10 Best Super-Portable Camp Chairs," 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, "5 Travel Kits that Will Actually Help You Sleep on a Plane," 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, "Beyoncé Brought Her Twins Home to This $400k-per-Month Malibu Estate," 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, "Beyond the Headlines, Catalan Culture Has a Long History of Vibrancy and Staying Power," 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, "Kylie Jenner Wears a Fendi Two-Piece Towel Outfit," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of sitting


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of sitting was in the 13th century

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15 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Sitting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of sitting

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a period of time during which someone sits and does a particular activity
: a period of time when a person poses for a portrait or photograph
: a time when a meal is served to a number of people at the same time



English Language Learners Definition of sitting (Entry 2 of 2)

: currently holding an office
: used in or for sitting
: easily hit


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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