Meaning of “setting” in the English Dictionary

"setting" in British English

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uk /ˈset.ɪŋ/ us /ˈset̬.ɪŋ/

setting noun (POSITION)

B2 [ C usually singular ] the position of a house or other building:

Their house is in an idyllic country setting.

B2 [ C usually singular ] the time and the place in which the action of a book, film, play, etc. happens:

The play has its setting in a wartime prison camp.

More examples

  • This would be the perfect setting for a wedding.
  • The hotel itself is in an idyllic setting.
  • The building is particularly notable for its garden setting.
  • This is a tale of life and death in the idyllic rural setting of a 15th-century manor house.
  • The movie casts a new light on the familiar Wild West setting.

(Definition of “setting” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"setting" in American English

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settingnoun [ C ]

us /ˈset̬·ɪŋ/

setting noun [ C ] (JEWELRY PART)

the part of a piece of jewelry designed to hold a stone:

It was her grandmother’s ring – a single diamond in a gold setting

setting noun [ C ] (SURROUNDINGS)

the surroundings or place in which something is put:

The house has a beautiful setting overlooking the river.
The setting of the novel is Paris in the 1920s.

setting noun [ C ] (CONTROLS)

a position of the controls on a machine or instrument:

If the image is dark or fuzzy, adjust the settings.

(Definition of “setting” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)