from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who attends to the proper setting of a play on the stage.


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  • The keen Attic imagination will take the place of the thousand arts of the later stage-setter.

    A Day in Old Athens; a Picture of Athenian Life William Stearns Davis 1903

  • That was the case with "Comedy Tonight," the classic opening stage-setter for the marvelously entertaining "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" on the Spokane Civic Theatre's Main Stage. Latest stories 2009

  • But I'm more convinced than ever that a direct attack on the money / influence nexus based on campaign contributions, and on the self-perpetuation of the status quo in Washington through political gerrymandering, is an essential stage-setter if the next administration is going to accomplish the radical change the times call for.

    The Hill Blog Progressive Policy Institutes Senior F Ed Kilgore 2008

  • Last Saturday, the island’s two main camps split elections that were widely seen as a stage-setter for the key 2008 presidential vote.

    Divided Island 2007

  • Based on my reading of a draft and the March quarterly report, it's more of a stage-setter and a jumping-off point that may or may not lead to a reversal in the trend.

    Kansas City Star: News 2011


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