[ sit-doun ]
/ ˈsɪtˌdaʊn /


done or accomplished while sitting down: sit-down meetings between the two party leaders.
(of a meal or food) served to or intended for persons seated at a table: a sit-down dinner.


Informal. a period or instance of sitting, as to relax, talk, or the like: They had a profitable sit-down together.
a protest demonstration whereby participants refuse to move from a public place.
Informal. a meal, especially a dinner, served to persons who are seated at a table.

Nearby words

  1. sit through,
  2. sit tight,
  3. sit under,
  4. sit up,
  5. sit well with,
  6. sit-down money,
  7. sit-down strike,
  8. sit-in,
  9. sit-ins,
  10. sit-up

Origin of sit-down

First recorded in 1830–40; adj. and noun use of verb phrase sit down Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for sit-down



1836 of meals, 1936 of strikes, from verbal phrase (c.1200), from sit (v.) + down (adv.); as a noun, sit-down "act of sitting down" is from 1861.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper