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 formspre·dine, verb (used without object), pre·dined, pre·din·ing.
Can be confuseddeign dine




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Related Words for dine

feast, consume, lunch, banquet, sup, breakfast, supper

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Contemporary Examples of dine

Historical Examples of dine

  • "Then come and dine here," said Dick, unable to refuse a neighbour hospitality.


    William J. Locke

  • The family were to dine early, to get away soon after dinner.

    Rico and Wiseli

    Johanna Spyri

  • They were accustomed to see him in a more genial mood when he had a friend to dine.

    Green Mansions

    W. H. Hudson

  • It was six o'clock when he got to London, and he went into a coffee-house to dine.

  • But then he might be only marking time to let that guzzling Cheeseman dine at his leisure.

    The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad

British Dictionary definitions for dine



(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 for dine

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

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

Idioms and Phrases with dine


In addition to the idiom beginning with dine

  • dine out on

also see:

  • eat (dine) out
  • wine and dine
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