Try Our Apps
Dictionary.com

follow Dictionary.com

The Best Internet Slang

dine

[dahyn] /daɪn/
verb (used without object), dined, dining.
1.
to eat the principal meal of the day; have dinner.
2.
to take any meal.
verb (used with object), dined, dining.
3.
to entertain at dinner.
noun
4.
Scot. dinner.
Verb phrases
5.
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
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.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for dined
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • Livingston, moreover, had dined just unwisely enough to be truthful.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • I dined with one last night, a sugar-cured ham magnate from Chicago.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • We dined on frogs' legs and Vouvray, and then went to see the Revue at the Marigny.

    Ballads of a Bohemian Robert W. Service
  • In the room in which they dined there was a picture of the captain, painted by Romney.

  • But Vernon was the only man with whom she dined tte--tte or went to the theatre alone.

British Dictionary definitions for dined

dine

/daɪn/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to eat dinner
2.
(intransitive; often foll by on, off, or upon) to make one's meal (of): the guests dined upon roast beef
3.
(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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for dined

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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Idioms and Phrases with dined

dine

In addition to the idiom beginning with
dine
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for dine

Many English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for dined

7
8
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for dined