- a meal or entertainment for which each person pays his or her own expenses.
Origin of Dutch treat
- informal an entertainment, meal, etc, where each person pays for himself
An outing or date on which each person pays his or her own way. To “go Dutch” is to go on such a date.
An outing or date in which each person pays his or her own expenses. For example, Her parents agreed that she might date if it were a Dutch treat. The related expression go Dutch means “to go on a date with each person paying their own way,” as in Students often elect to go Dutch. The first term dates from about 1870, and the variant from the early 1900s.