\ ˈdin How to pronounce din (audio) \

Definition of din

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 : a loud continued noise especially : a welter of discordant sounds trying to hear each other over the din in the bar
2 : a situation or condition resembling a din


dinned; dinning

Definition of din (Entry 2 of 4)

intransitive verb

: to make a loud noise

transitive verb

1 : to assail with loud continued noise dinned his ears
2 : to impress (see impress entry 1 sense 2c) by insistent repetition often used with into lessons dinned into us as children

Definition of din (Entry 3 of 4)


Definition of DIN (Entry 4 of 4)

German Industrial Standards

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Examples of din in a Sentence

Noun It was hard to hear anything above the din in the restaurant. there's always a great din from the cafeteria during lunch Verb safety lessons dinned into us over and over
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Amid a din of antivaccine falsehoods, monoclonal antibodies have become the rare coronavirus medicine to achieve near-universal acceptance. New York Times, 18 Sep. 2021 Amid a din of anti-vaccine falsehoods, monoclonal antibodies have become the rare coronavirus medicine to achieve near-universal acceptance. BostonGlobe.com, 18 Sep. 2021 Halsey is a total natural here, unafraid to share deep, dark thoughts with the listener, ready to cut loose amid the din of sinister synths and punishing guitars. Craig Jenkins, Vulture, 28 Aug. 2021 For those who had experienced the events in real time, barricading themselves with colleagues in a small room as insurrectionists ransacked offices looking for their boss, the din had been indelible. Tal Kopan, San Francisco Chronicle, 12 Feb. 2021 The symbiotic fungus that colonizes Neptune seagrass’s roots, and is likely involved in boosting nutrient uptake, didn’t fare well in response to the din either. Ashley Braun, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 July 2021 Catcher Tom Murphy turned toward the stands behind home plate, pumped his fist and seemed to try to scream in celebration above the din of noise emanating from the cheers of the home crowd. Tim Booth, Star Tribune, 25 July 2021 Attempts at positive messaging were further hamstrung by a failure to break through the din of the raucous Pakistani media scene. New York Times, 7 July 2021 Through the din of the parade Jared Burns silently mouthed words at laughing children on the sidewalk, now only a few feet away instead of an internet connection, who shouted back — his fake Zoom microphone was still on mute. Zach Murdock, courant.com, 4 July 2021

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First Known Use of din


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for din

Noun and Verb

Middle English, from Old English dyne; akin to Old Norse dynr din, Sanskrit dhvanati it roars

Abbreviation (2)

German Deutsche Industrie-Normen

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“Din.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/din. Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of din

: a loud, confusing mixture of noises that lasts for a long time


\ ˈdin How to pronounce din (audio) \

Kids Definition of din

: loud confused noise …my voice echoed through the quiet bus over the din of voices in my head.— Ingrid Law, Savvy

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