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 forms

pre·dine, verb (used without object), pre·dined, pre·din·ing.

Can be confused

deign dine
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for dine out (1 of 2)

dine out

verb (intr, adverb)

to dine away from home, esp in a restaurant
(foll by on) to have dinner at the expense of someone else mainly for the sake of one's knowledge or conversation about (a subject or story)

British Dictionary definitions for dine out (2 of 2)

dine

/ (daɪn) /

verb

(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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Idioms and Phrases with dine out

dine

In addition to the idiom beginning with dine

  • dine out on

also see:

  • eat (dine) out
  • wine and dine

The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.