sitting

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noun

sit·​ting ˈsi-tiŋ How to pronounce sitting (audio)
1
a
: the act of one that sits
b
: a single occasion of continuous sitting (as for a portrait or meal)
2
a
: a brooding over eggs for hatching
3
: session
a sitting of the legislature

sitting

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adjective

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
4
a
: used in or for sitting
a sitting position
b
: performed while sitting
a sitting shot

Example Sentences

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
This chair may feel too petite to accommodate long periods of sitting. Samantha S. Thorpe, Better Homes & Gardens, 3 Nov. 2022 Numerous sitting and potential Republican senators have expressed hesitancy for McConnell to be party leader. Prem Thakker, The New Republic, 3 Nov. 2022 With the heavy-hitters sitting, Kerr started Moses Moody, Jonathan Kuminga, James Wiseman and newcomers Donte DiVincenzo and JaMychal Green in a 131-98 win. C.j. Holmes, San Francisco Chronicle, 11 Oct. 2022 About that sitting, the 98-year-old Nelson, the church’s oldest-ever president, delivered his three talks while seated on a stool at the podium. David Noyce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 6 Oct. 2022 One of the snaps from this sitting ended up on the cover of TIME that same year. Maria Mercedes Lara, Peoplemag, 8 Sep. 2022 The 1995 two-bedroom house features a chef's kitchen, an owner's suite including sitting area with fireplace and bath with marble surround shower and soaking tub, two year-round sunrooms with lake views, and a home theater. The Week Staff, The Week, 28 Aug. 2022 Through its app, Miso offers regular services, such as home cleaning, laundry and pet sitting, to occasional jobs like repairs, moving and interior remodeling. John Kang, Forbes, 9 Aug. 2022 Connected by a central terrace, each abode comes with a plunge pool fed by hot springs, along with a large sitting and dining area. Dana Givens, Robb Report, 4 Aug. 2022
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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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

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

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of sitting was before the 12th century

Dictionary Entries Near sitting

Cite this Entry

“Sitting.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sitting. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

sitting 1 of 2

noun

sit·​ting
ˈsit-iŋ
1
: an act of one that sits
especially : a single occasion of continuous sitting
finished the portrait in one sitting
2
a
: a brooding over eggs for hatching
3
: session sense 1
sitting of the legislature

sitting

2 of 2

adjective

: used in or for sitting
a sitting position
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