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[set-ing] /ˈsɛt ɪŋ/
the act of a person or thing that sets.
the surroundings or environment of anything:
The garden was a perfect setting for the house.
the mounting in which a jewel is set.
a group of all the articles, as of china, silver, or glass, required for setting a table or a single place at a table.
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.
Also called stage setting, stage set. the scenery and other properties used in a dramatic performance.
  1. a piece of music composed for certain words.
  2. a piece of music composed for a particular medium, or arranged for other than the original medium.
Origin of setting
1325-75; Middle English; see set, -ing1
Related forms
nonsetting, adjective
unsetting, adjective
2. See environment.

stage setting

or stage set

setting (def 6). Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for stage set
Historical Examples
  • Now, with your stage set, invite to its sumptuous midst some amateur of all the arts whose senses were born for the beautiful.

    The President Alfred Henry Lewis
  • I see, she laughed, you want the stage set for your entrance.

    Under Cover Roi Cooper Megrue
  • Within a few minutes the Gagnon household effects were heaped out of doors, and the stage set for the "trial."

    The Huntress Hulbert Footner
  • It was as though a curtain had risen on a stage set to terrify the beholder.

    The Portal of Dreams Charles Neville Buck
  • Suppose it turned out that this was just a stage set for students of history?

    Instant of Decision Gordon Randall Garrett
  • Thus was the stage set, for the next session of the honorable court.

    The Air Trust George Allan England
  • The stage set me down at the garden-gate at Oakland, whither my host came out to receive me.

  • Standing there, with the stage set and the light effects just right, in fancy I repopulated Pompeii.

    Europe Revised Irvin S. Cobb
  • Such was the stage set for the tragedy which we have to relate.

  • The curtain rises on a stage set for a Harlequinade, a merry black and white interior.

British Dictionary definitions for stage set


the surroundings in which something is set; scene
the scenery, properties, or background, used to create the location for a stage play, film, etc
(music) a composition consisting of a certain text and music provided or arranged for it
the metal mounting and surround of a gem: diamonds in an antique gold setting
the tableware, cutlery, etc, for a single place at table
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
a clutch of eggs in a bird's nest, esp a clutch of hen's eggs
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Word Origin and History for stage set



late 14c., "fact or action of setting (something), putting, placing, planting," verbal noun from set (v.).

Meaning "place, location, site" is late 14c. Surgical sense, with reference to broken bones, etc., is from early 15c. In reference to heavenly bodies, from c.1400. Also in Middle English "act of creation; thing created" (c.1400). In reference to mounts for jewels, etc. from 1815; meaning "background, history, environment" is attested from 1841.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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