verb (used without object), dined, din·ing.
- to eat the principal meal of the day; have dinner.
- to take any meal.
verb (used with object), dined, din·ing.
- 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.
- (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)
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).
In addition to the idiom beginning with dine
- dine out on
- eat (dine) out
- wine and dine