1. the fifth letter of the Arabic alphabet.


  1. a male given name, form of James.


  1. Alice Elvira,1855–1902, U.S. educator.
  2. Arnold,born 1929, U.S. golfer.
  3. Daniel David,1845–1913, Canadian originator of chiropractic medicine.
  4. George Herbert,1842–1933, U.S. educator, philosopher, and author.
  5. James AlvinJim, born 1945, U.S. baseball player.
  6. a town in S Massachusetts.


  1. James RonaldJim, born 1947, U.S. distance runner; congressman 1996–2007.


  1. James FrancisJim, 1888–1953, U.S. track-and-field athlete and football and baseball player.


  1. JamesJim, born 1935, U.S. painter.


  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)


  1. (in Medieval Europe) a pilgrim bearing a palm branch as a sign of his visit to the Holy Land
  2. (in Medieval Europe) an itinerant monk
  3. (in Medieval Europe) any pilgrim
  4. any of various artificial angling flies characterized by hackles around the length of the body


  1. Arnold. born 1929, US professional golfer: winner of seven major championships, including four in the US Masters (1958, 1960, 1962, 1964) and two in the British Open (1961,1962)
  2. Samuel. 1805–81, English painter of visionary landscapes, influenced by William Blake


  1. Ian . born 1982, Australian swimmer; won three gold medals at the 2000 Olympic Games, six gold medals at the 2002 Commonwealth Games, and two gold medals at the 2004 Olympic Games.
  2. James Francis. 1888–1953, American football player and athlete: Olympic pentathlon and decathlon champion (1912)
  3. Jeremy. born 1929, British politician; leader of the Liberal party (1967–76)

“pilgrim who has returned from the Holy Land,” late 12c. (as a surname), from Anglo-French palmer (Old French palmier), from Medieval Latin palmarius, from Latin palma “palm tree” (see palm (n.2)). So called because they wore palm branches in commemoration of the journey.


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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