blind date


a social appointment or date arranged, usually by a third person, between two people who have not met.
either of the participants in such an arrangement.

Nearby words

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  3. blind carbon copy,
  4. blind casing,
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  6. blind door,
  7. blind fistula,
  8. blind flange,
  9. blind freddie,
  10. blind gut

Origin of blind date

An Americanism dating back to 1920–25 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for blind date

blind date

noun informal

a social meeting between two people who have not met before
either of the persons involved
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Word Origin and History for blind date

blind date


by 1921, U.S. college student slang, from blind (adj.) + date (n.3). Earliest attested use is in reference to the person.

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