Meaning of SETTING in English

set ‧ ting W2 /ˈsetɪŋ/ BrE AmE noun [countable]

1 . the place where something is or where something happens, and the general environment

beautiful/perfect/magnificent/idyllic setting

an old farmhouse in a beautiful setting

setting for

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

setting for

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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■ adjectives

▪ 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.

■ verbs

▪ 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.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.