dine out

verb (used without object), dined, din·ing.

  1. to eat the principal meal of the day; have dinner.
  2. to take any meal.

verb (used with object), dined, din·ing.

  1. to entertain at dinner.


  1. Scot. dinner.

Verb Phrases

  1. 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)

  1. to dine away from home, esp in a restaurant
  2. (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)


  1. (intr) to eat dinner
  2. (intr; often foll by on, off, or upon) to make one’s meal (of)the guests dined upon roast beef
  3. (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

also see:

  • eat (dine) out
  • wine and dine

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