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[dahyn] /daɪn/
verb (used without object), dined, dining.
to eat the principal meal of the day; have dinner.
to take any meal.
verb (used with object), dined, dining.
to entertain at dinner.
Scot. dinner.
Verb phrases
dine out, to take a meal, especially the principal or more formal meal of the day, away from home, as in a hotel or restaurant:
They dine out at least once a week.
Origin of dine
1250-1300; Middle English dinen < Anglo-French, Old French di(s)ner < Vulgar Latin *disjējūnāre to break one's fast, equivalent to Latin dis- dis-1 + Late Latin jējūnāre to fast; see jejune
Related forms
predine, verb (used without object), predined, predining.
Can be confused
deign, dine. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for dined out
Historical Examples
  • Sydney Smith may have dined out more than was good for his health, but he never allowed infirmities to sour his temper.

  • But you know what I mean, or you would if you dined out as often as I—and Mr. Gresham do.

    Nell, of Shorne Mills Charles Garvice
  • As when younger, she dined out very often and regularly with Vocco and Flexinna.

    The Unwilling Vestal Edward Lucas White
  • That evening they dined out, and went to "The Tales of Hoffmann."

    Beyond John Galsworthy
  • I have since dined out, and been invited to a party—but escaped this latter infliction.

  • He dined out too often, and was a deal too particular about his dinner when he dined at home.

    Orley Farm Anthony Trollope
  • Then He returned to the garden and dined out with His bhaktas.

    Chaitanya's Life And Teachings Krishna das Kaviraja
  • I dined out every night last week, and gave one dinner at my flat.

    Passing By Maurice Baring
  • We have dined out twice running, and you know I cannot endure too much light and racket.

    The Dangerous Age Karin Michalis
  • When he dined out he always took his champagne with him in a pail and in a four-wheeler.

    Overlooked Maurice Baring
British Dictionary definitions for dined out


(intransitive) to eat dinner
(intransitive; often foll by on, off, or upon) to make one's meal (of): the guests dined upon roast beef
(transitive) (informal) to entertain to dinner (esp in the phrase wine and dine someone)
Word Origin
C13: from Old French disner, contracted from Vulgar Latin disjējūnāre (unattested) to cease fasting, from dis- not + Late Latin jējūnāre to fast; see jejune
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Word Origin and History for dined out



late 13c., from Old French disner (Modern French dîner) "to dine, eat, have a meal," originally "take the first meal of the day," from stem of Gallo-Romance *desjunare "to break one's fast," from Vulgar Latin *disjejunare, from dis- "undo" (see dis-) + Late Latin jejunare "to fast," from Latin iejunus "fasting, hungry" (see jejune).

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dined out in the Bible

(Gen. 43:16). It was the custom in Egypt to dine at noon. But it is probable that the Egyptians took their principal meal in the evening, as was the general custom in the East (Luke 14:12).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Idioms and Phrases with dined out


In addition to the idiom beginning with
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