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Origin of diet

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First recorded in 1175鈥1225; Middle English noun diete 鈥渄ay鈥檚 journey, appointed day, way of living,鈥 from Anglo-French, Old French diete, from Latin diaeta, from Greek d铆aita 鈥渨ay of living, diet,鈥 equivalent to dia- dia- + -aita (akin to a卯sa 鈥渟hare, lot鈥; the verb is derivative of the noun

OTHER WORDS FROM diet

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Other definitions for diet (2 of 2)

diet2
[ dahy-it ]
/ 藞da瑟 瑟t /

noun
the legislative body of certain countries, as Japan.
the general assembly of the estates of the former Holy Roman Empire.

Origin of diet

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First recorded in 1400鈥50; late Middle English, from Medieval Latin di膿ta 鈥減ublic assembly,鈥 the same word as Latin diaeta with sense affected by Latin di膿s 鈥渄ay鈥; see diet1
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How to use diet in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for diet (1 of 2)

diet1
/ (藞da瑟蓹t) /

noun
  1. a specific allowance or selection of food, esp prescribed to control weight or in disorders in which certain foods are contraindicateda salt-free diet; a 900-calorie diet
  2. (as modifier)a diet bread
the food and drink that a person or animal regularly consumesa diet of nuts and water
regular activities or occupations
verb
(usually intr) to follow or cause to follow a dietary regimen

Derived forms of diet

dieter, noun

Word Origin for diet

C13: from Old French diete, from Latin diaeta, from Greek diaita mode of living, from diaitan to direct one's own life

British Dictionary definitions for diet (2 of 2)

diet2
/ (藞da瑟蓹t) /

noun
(sometimes capital) a legislative assembly in various countries, such as Japan
Also called: Reichstag (sometimes capital) the assembly of the estates of the Holy Roman Empire
Scots law
  1. the date fixed by a court for hearing a case
  2. a single session of a court

Word Origin for diet

C15: from Medieval Latin di膿ta public meeting, probably from Latin diaeta diet 1 but associated with Latin di膿s day
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