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 dined

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

Examples from the Web for dined

Contemporary Examples of dined

Historical Examples of dined

  • Livingston, moreover, had dined just unwisely enough to be truthful.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • I dined with one last night, a sugar-cured ham magnate from Chicago.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • We dined on frogs' legs and Vouvray, and then went to see the Revue at the Marigny.

    Ballads of a Bohemian

    Robert W. Service

  • In the room in which they dined there was a picture of the captain, painted by Romney.

  • But Vernon was the only man with whom she dined tte--tte or went to the theatre alone.

British Dictionary definitions for dined



(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 dined



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).

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Idioms and Phrases with dined


In addition to the idiom beginning with dine

  • dine out on

also see:

  • eat (dine) out
  • wine and dine
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