- 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
Examples from the Web for dining
Marvin and I leave the poolside and go into his dining room.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
The resources were what you might expect: Dining room, a media center, a library, a TV room, a meeting room, a computer room.His First Day Out Of Jail After 40 Years: Adjusting To Life Outside
January 3, 2015
This bungalow has two levels, a screening room, a dining room, many offices, an art department, and cutting rooms.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
Houses sit together at their tables in dining halls under maroon banners emblazoned with their names.Freshman Year Sucks—and That’s OK
November 12, 2014
On the piano is a portrait of Lizzie, and replica skulls of the Bordens are displayed in the dining room.Would You Stay in Lizzie Borden’s Ax-Murder House?
October 30, 2014
Where shall we set the tables, if we dance in the dining room?Chip, of the Flying U
B. M. Bower
We were all together in the living room, all together in the dining room.Her Father's Daughter
Vettius' dining room is empty of its wooden tables and couches.Buried Cities: Pompeii, Olympia, Mycenae
As he was in dinner dress, Fanny asked him where he had been dining?Little Dorrit
Every man has his own fashion of dining, remarked the philosophical American.The Field of Ice
- (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 dining
c.1400, verbal noun from dine (v.). Dining room is attested from c.1600.
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 dining
In addition to the idiom beginning with dine
- dine out on
- eat (dine) out
- wine and dine