Word Origin See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com verb (used without object), dined, din·ing. to eat the principal meal of the day; have dinner. to take any meal. verb (used with object), dined, din·ing. to entertain at dinner. 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 pre·dine, verb (used without object), pre·dined, pre·din·ing. Can be confused deign dine
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British Dictionary definitions for dine out to dine away from home, esp in a restaurant ( foll by on) to have dinner at the expense of someone else mainly for the sake of one's knowledge or conversation about (a subject or story) (intr) to eat dinner (intr; often foll by on, off, or upon) to make one's meal (of) the guests dined upon roast beef (tr) 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 dine out dine v.
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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