verb (used without object), dat·ed, dat·ing.
verb (used with object), dat·ed, dat·ing.
Origin of date1
- an appointment for a particular time, esp with a person to whom one is sexually or romantically attachedshe has a dinner date
- the person with whom the appointment is made
- to be a boyfriend or girlfriend of (someone of the opposite sex)
- to accompany (a member of the opposite sex) on a date
Word Origin for date
Word Origin for date
"liaison," 1885, gradually evolving from date (n.1) in its general sense of "appointment;" romantic sense by 1890s. Meaning "person one has a date with" is from 1925.
"have a romantic liaison;" 1902, from date (n.3). Related: Dated; dating.
"time," early 14c., from Old French date (13c.) "date, day; time," from Medieval Latin data, noun use of fem. singular of Latin datus "given," past participle of dare "to give, grant, offer," from PIE root *do- "to give" (cf. Sanskrit dadati "gives," danam "offering, present;" Old Persian dadatuv "let him give," Old Church Slavonic dati "give," dani "tribute;" Latin donum "gift;" Greek didomi, didonai, "to give, offer," doron "gift;" Lithuanian duonis "gift," Old Irish dan "gift, endowment, talent," Welsh dawn "gift").
The Roman convention of closing every article of correspondence by writing "given" and the day and month -- meaning perhaps "given to messenger" -- led to data becoming a term for "the time (and place) stated." (a Roman letter would include something along the lines of datum Romae pridie Kalendas Maias -- "given at Rome on the last day of April."
the fruit, late 13c., from Old French date, from Old Provençal datil, from Latin dactylus, from Greek daktylos "date," originally "finger, toe;" so called because of fancied resemblance between oblong fruit of the date palm and human digits. Possibly from a Semitic source (cf. Hebrew deqel, Aramaic diqla, Arabic daqal "date palm") and assimilated to the Greek word for "finger."
In addition to the idiom beginning with date
- date rape
- bring up to date
- double date
- make a date
- out of date
- to date
- up to date