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


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dinned; dinning

intransitive verb

: to make a loud noise

transitive verb

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


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abbreviation (1)



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abbreviation (2)

German Industrial Standards

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
Recent Examples on the Web
His voice rises above the din of the busy street, where tin shacks jostle for space with stout apartment blocks and small informal shops. Lenny Rashid Ruvaga, The Christian Science Monitor, 8 May 2024 Over the din of clanking plates, Al-Halabi mentioned his time in jail. Tamara Audi, New York Times, 4 Apr. 2024 Then step out from the din into the quiet summer air, bursting at the top button. Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, 21 Mar. 2024 Although how much of that din gets taken seriously depends on a three-week, season-opening stretch that kicks off with North Dakota State, Team Trap Game, at Folsom Field. Sean Keeler, The Denver Post, 3 Feb. 2024 The lifeguard shouted above the din of the waves that the man should stay on his surfboard and paddle back to shore. Ethan Baron, The Mercury News, 24 Mar. 2024 Tour players expect the noise and chaos at the tournament, even embracing the constant din and shouts on No. 16. John Marshall, USA TODAY, 16 Feb. 2024 That dynamic played out throughout the group’s set, but usually Bennett delivered hooks that pulled her above the din of her band. Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rolling Stone, 16 Mar. 2024 Workers yelled above the din in various accents of Spanish. Gustavo Arellano, Los Angeles Times, 14 Mar. 2024

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Word History


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

First Known Use


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


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

Time Traveler
The first known use of din was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Din.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/din. Accessed 20 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
: a loud confused mixture of noises


2 of 2 verb
dinned; dinning
: to make a loud noise
: to repeat again and again in order to impress on someone's mind
dinned into us the consequences of failure

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