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  1. the act of a person or thing that sets.

  2. the surroundings or environment of anything: The garden was a perfect setting for the house.

  1. the mounting in which a jewel is set.

  2. a group of all the articles, as of china, silver, or glass, required for setting a table or a single place at a table.

  3. the locale or period in which the action of a novel, play, film, etc., takes place: The setting of this story is Verona in the 15th century.

  4. Also called stage setting, stage set. the scenery and other properties used in a dramatic performance.

  5. Music.

    • a piece of music composed for certain words.

    • a piece of music composed for a particular medium, or arranged for other than the original medium.

Origin of setting

First recorded in 1375–1425; Middle English; see origin at set, -ing1

synonym study For setting

2. See environment.

Other words from setting

  • non·set·ting, adjective
  • un·set·ting, adjective

Words Nearby setting Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use setting in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for setting


/ (ˈsɛtɪŋ) /

  1. the surroundings in which something is set; scene

  2. the scenery, properties, or background, used to create the location for a stage play, film, etc

  1. music a composition consisting of a certain text and music provided or arranged for it

  2. the metal mounting and surround of a gem: diamonds in an antique gold setting

  3. the tableware, cutlery, etc, for a single place at table

  4. any of a series of points on a scale or dial that can be selected to control the level as of temperature, speed, etc, at which a machine functions

  5. a clutch of eggs in a bird's nest, esp a clutch of hen's eggs

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