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.
verb (intr, adverb)
- to dine away from home, esp in a restaurant
- (foll by on) to have dinner at the expense of someone else mainly for the sake of one’s knowledge or conversation about (a subject or story)
- (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)
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