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Definition of set off:

  1. A counterclaim; a cross debt or demand; a distinct claim filed or set up by the defendant against the plaintiff's demand.
  2. Same as Offset, n., 4.
  3. See Offset, 7.
  4. That which is set off against another thing; an offset.
  5. That which is used to improve the appearance of anything; a decoration; an ornament.


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