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Topic: FOOD

Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: diner, from Vulgar Latin disjejunare 'to eat after not eating for a time'

dine

verb
     
dine [intransitive] formal
DF to eat dinner:
He was dining with friends at the Ritz.

➔ wine and dine somebody

at wine2

dine on/off something

phrasal verb
to eat a particular kind of food for dinner, especially expensive food:
We dined on lobster and strawberries.

dine out

phrasal verb
1 formalDF to eat dinner in a restaurant or in someone else's house [↪ eat out]:
They would dine out together once a month.
2

dine out on something

British English informal to keep using a story about something that has happened to you, in order to entertain people at meals
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