- to eat the principal meal of the day; have dinner.
- to take any meal.
- to entertain at dinner.
- Scot. dinner.
- 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
- JamesJim, born 1935, U.S. painter.
Examples from the Web for dine
In March, police arrested a group of wealthy businessmen and government officials who were about to dine on illegal tiger meat.China’s Internet Is Freer Than You Think
December 27, 2014
When they do dine, the Hitchcocks sometimes use Limoges china marked “Plaza Athénée.”Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
“When you attack public sector unions now, you are attacking the heart of the U.S. labor movement,” says Dine.The GOP and Police Unions: A Love Story
December 12, 2014
He refused to dine with people, because he did not like being agitated during meal times.The Death of the English Eccentric
November 25, 2014
Lohse and his beleaguered fellow pledges were, he claims, forced to chug vinegar and to dine on the dreaded “vomlet.”An Ivy League Frat Boy’s Shallow Repentance
November 24, 2014
"Then come and dine here," said Dick, unable to refuse a neighbour hospitality.Viviette
William J. Locke
The family were to dine early, to get away soon after dinner.Rico and Wiseli
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.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
But then he might be only marking time to let that guzzling Cheeseman dine at his leisure.The Secret Agent
- (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 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).
Idioms and Phrases with dine
In addition to the idiom beginning with dine
- dine out on
- eat (dine) out
- wine and dine