Origin of diet

1
1175–1225; (noun) Middle English diete < Anglo-French, Old French < Latin diaeta < Greek díaita way of living, diet, equivalent to dia- dia- + -aita (akin to aîsa share, lot); (v.) Middle English dieten (transitive) < Anglo-French, Old French dieter, derivative of the noun
Related formsdi·et·er, nounnon·di·et·er, nounnon·di·et·ing, adjective, noun
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  • Master Dieter has a sweetheart for every finger, though the lower part of his own body isn't quite as handsome as it might be.


British Dictionary definitions for dieter

diet

1

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 Formsdieter, 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

diet

2

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 diēta public meeting, probably from Latin diaeta diet 1 but associated with Latin diēs day
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Word Origin and History for dieter

diet

v.

late 14c., "to regulate one's diet for the sake of health," from Old French dieter, from diete (see diet (n.1)); meaning "to regulate oneself as to food" (especially against fatness) is from 1650s. Related: Dieted; dieting. An obsolete word for this is banting. The adjective in this sense (Diet Coke, etc.) is from 1963, originally American English.

diet

n.1

"regular food," early 13c., from Old French diete (13c.) "diet, pittance, fare," from Medieval Latin dieta "parliamentary assembly," also "a day's work, diet, daily food allowance," from Latin diaeta "prescribed way of life," from Greek diaita, originally "way of life, regimen, dwelling," related to diaitasthai "lead one's life," and from diaitan, originally "separate, select" (food and drink), frequentative of *diainysthai "take apart," from dia- "apart" + ainysthai "take," from PIE root *ai- "to give, allot." Often with a sense of restriction since 14c.; hence put (someone) on a diet (mid-15c.).

diet

n.2

"assembly," mid-15c., from Medieval Latin dieta, variant of diaeta "daily office (of the Church), daily duty, assembly, meeting of counselors," from Greek diaita (see diet (n.1)), but associated with Latin dies "day" (see diurnal).

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dieter in Medicine

diet

[dīĭt]

n.

Food and drink in general.
A prescribed course of eating and drinking in which the amount and kind of food, as well as the times at which it is to be taken, are regulated for therapeutic purposes.
Reduction of caloric intake so as to lose weight.

v.

To eat and drink according to a regulated system, especially so as to lose weight or control a medical condition.
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