: a person or thing that determines or establishes a quality, feeling, or attitude
I like to use the joke as a tone-setter for my speeches.

Examples of tone-setter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Possibly the toughest move for the locker room would be parting ways with White, a two-time Pro Bowl selection and longtime tone-setter for Sean McDermott's defense. Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz, USA TODAY, 22 Feb. 2024 What Ohio State’s rout of Western Kentucky means for a pivotal top-10 trip to Notre Dame Ohio State’s defensive line woke up just in time for things to get serious: Stephen Means’ observations The third-year cornerback has emerged as the tone-setter and the standard-lifter for the secondary. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 18 Sep. 2023 Terrance Williams/Associated Press The first shot of the season was a tone-setter. Julian Benbow,, 3 July 2023 As the Bears try to build up their offense around quarterback Justin Fields, general manager Ryan Poles and his staff believe Wright can be a tone-setter on the line. Colleen Kane, Chicago Tribune, 29 Apr. 2023 Altuve was a tone-setter at the top of the lineup. Peter Abraham,, 1 Apr. 2023

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“Tone-setter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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