set ‧ ting W2 /ˈsetɪŋ/ BrE AmE noun [countable]
1 . the place where something is or where something happens, and the general environment
an old farmhouse in a beautiful setting
Cyprus is the perfect setting for a beach holiday.
I’ve worked with children in various settings, mainly in secondary school.
2 . the place or time where the events in a book, film etc happen
Verona is best known as the setting for two of Shakespeare’s plays.
The island was used by Dickens as the setting for Oliver Twist.
3 . the position in which you put the controls on a machine or instrument:
The heating system was already on its highest setting.
4 . the metal that holds a stone in a piece of jewellery, or the way the stone is fixed
in a ... setting
a diamond ring in a gold setting
5 . music that is written to go with a poem, prayer etc
6 . the setting of the sun literary the time when the sun goes down SYN sunset
⇨ ↑ place setting
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▪ a beautiful/lovely/magnificent setting
The event takes place in the magnificent setting of Bramham Park.
▪ a perfect/ideal setting
The castle was a perfect setting for the wedding.
▪ an idyllic setting (=a very beautiful and peaceful place)
Three artists have come together to paint and teach in an idyllic setting in West Sussex.
▪ an unlikely setting
This quiet suburb may seem an unlikely setting for a top restaurant.
▪ a rural/urban setting
The research station is located in a rural setting.
▪ provide a setting
The hotel provides an ideal setting for conferences.
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▪ place a point or area, especially one that you visit or use for a particular purpose:
He’s been to lots of places.
a good meeting place
▪ position the exact place where someone or something is, in relation to other things:
She showed me the position of the village on the map.
I changed the position of the mirror slightly.
Jessica moved to a position where she could see the stage better.
▪ point a particular place on a line or surface:
At this point the path gets narrower.
No cars are allowed beyond this point.
▪ spot a place, especially a particular kind of place, or a place where something happens. Spot sounds rather informal:
She chose a sunny spot.
The area is a favourite spot for windsurfers.
This is the exact spot where I asked her to marry me.
▪ location a place where someone or something is, or where something happens. Location sounds more formal than place :
your exact location
The prisoners were taken to an undisclosed location.
an ideal location for a winter break
▪ site a place, especially one that will be used for a particular purpose, or where something important happened:
the site of a great battle
There are plans to develop the site for housing.
The area has become a dumping site for nuclear waste.
▪ venue a place where something such as a meeting, concert, game etc takes place:
the venue for the next Olympic Games
The hotel is a popular wedding venue.
▪ scene the place where something bad such as an accident or crime happened:
the scene of the crime
Ambulance crews were at the scene within minutes.
▪ setting the place and the area around it, where something is or where something happens:
The hotel is in a beautiful setting.
the setting for the film ‘A Room With a View’
Beautiful gardens provide the perfect setting for outdoor dining.
▪ somewhere used for talking about a place when you are not sure exactly which place:
She came from somewhere in London.
▪ whereabouts the place where someone or something is – used especially when you do not know this or do not want to tell people:
The whereabouts of the painting is unknown.
He refused to disclose his whereabouts.
I’m not sure about her whereabouts.