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Dine \Dine\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Dined; p. pr. & vb. n. Dining.] [F. d[^i]ner, OF. disner, LL. disnare, contr. fr. an assumed disjunare; dis- + an assumed junare (OF. juner) to fast, for L. jejunare, fr. jejunus fasting. See Jejune, and cf. Dinner, D?jeuner.] To eat the principal regular meal of the day; to take dinner.

Now can I break my fast, dine, sup, and sleep.

To dine with Duke Humphrey, to go without dinner; -- a phrase common in Elizabethan literature, said to be from the practice of the poor gentry, who beguiled the dinner hour by a promenade near the tomb of Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester, in Old Saint Paul's.


vb. (en-past of: dine)

Usage examples of "dined".

As regarded the eating and drinking he dined alone, but his wife sat with him and waited on him, having sent the servant out of the room.

Burney, during a visit to the capital, had an interview with him in Gough-square, where he dined and drank tea with him, and was introduced to the acquaintance of Mrs.

At the inn where we dined, the gentlewoman said that she had done her best to educate her children.

He used to descant critically on the dishes which had been at table where he had dined or supped, and to recollect very minutely what he had liked.

One day when we had dined with his neighbour and landlord in Bolt-court, Mr.

When Pere Boscovich was in England, Johnson dined in company with him at Sir Joshua Reynolds's, and at Dr.

As a proof of this, Sir, Lord Mulgrave and he dined one day at Streatham.

I once dined in company with him, and all he said during the whole time was no more than Richard.

Johnson, in whose company I dined to-day with some other friends, was much interested by my account of what passed, and particularly with his prayer for the mercy of heaven.

But when he considered that there were present a young Lord and an eminent traveller, two men of the world with whom he had never dined before, he was apprehensive that they might think they had a right to take such liberties with him as Beauclerk did, and therefore resolved he would not let it pass.

I had dined at the Duke of Montrose's with a very agreeable party, and his Grace, according to his usual custom, had circulated the bottle very freely.

Twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays, he dined at that old law club, the Eldon, and played whist after dinner till twelve o'clock.

Mrs Roby dined in the Square very often, but Mr Roby very seldom,--not probably above once a year, on some special occasion.

On one halcyon summer evening Lopez had dined with him at Ponder's End, had smiled on Mrs Parker and played with the hopeful little Parkers.

Indeed I may say I know him,--for I dined with him at Manchester Square.