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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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  • In the doorway of the dining room she paused to look back at the veranda.

    Sacrifice Stephen French Whitman
  • "You forget, we have been dining with him," said Paul, quickly.

    The Opal Serpent Fergus Hume
  • I saw Annunciata again when Rome had begun to fill with Easter visitors, and had the happiness of dining with her the same day.

  • I was dining with him the day the letter conveying this information was received.

  • Terry took the pin and pushed in the swinging door that led to the dining room.

British Dictionary definitions for dining


(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 dining

c.1400, verbal noun from dine (v.). Dining room is attested from c.1600.



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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dining 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 dining


In addition to the idiom beginning with
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