\ˈdin \

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 1c) by insistent repetition often used with into lessons dinned into us as children


abbreviation (1)

Definition of din (Entry 3 of 4)



abbreviation (2)

Definition of DIN (Entry 4 of 4)

German Industrial Standards

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Examples of din in a Sentence


It was hard to hear anything above the din in the restaurant. there's always a great din from the cafeteria during lunch


safety lessons dinned into us over and over
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Instead, the restaurant was flooded with the low din of typing. Nellie Bowles, The Seattle Times, "Sorry, power-lunchers — these tables are reserved for drop-in workers," 9 July 2018 Instead, the restaurant was flooded with the low din of typing. Nellie Bowles, New York Times, "Sorry, Power-Lunchers. These Tables Are Reserved for Drop-In Workers.," 8 July 2018 There’s an appealing rasp to Bo Hansen’s singing, a kind of wearied soulfulness that fights with the surrounding din, which is driven by the kaleidoscopic organ filigree of Mary McKane. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "A pair of new acts on Chicago’s Trouble in Mind imprint update scrappy 90s indie rock with shaggy pop melodies," 29 June 2018 Residents have fallen onto one side or another of a familiar dividing line, turning the city into parable of our time: an example of what happens when the din and discord of national politics comes home to roost. Jessica Mendoza, The Christian Science Monitor, "In Red Hen aftermath, a community wades through nation's vitriol," 29 June 2018 On a recent afternoon, the ring tone cut through the din of a cafe in Jodhpur’s old city, a maze of arched windows and carved doorways gently moldering in the dust and heat. Shashank Bengali, latimes.com, "An Indian activist fights in court to help child brides and grooms win their lives back," 18 June 2018 Chris Zarou, the founder of Visionary Music Group, which manages the rapper Logic, says that by landing on Spotify’s playlists, artists cut through the din of an oversaturated market. Neil Shah, WSJ, "Spotify Uproar Points to the Power of the Playlist," 6 June 2018 Hardly a revolutionary idea, but at the very least the combo of World Cup and blockchain could help draw attention to the company amid the din of World Cup mania this month. Kevin Kelleher, Fortune, "Soccer Meet Blockchain: Olyseum Wants to Ride the Crypto Wave," 15 June 2018 The sellout crowd was energized and raucous from the start and the din seemed to have an effect on the Blazers, who missed 22 of their first 33 shots and committed 12 turnovers in the first 20 minutes. NOLA.com, "5 takeaways as Pelicans torch Blazers in Game 3," 19 Apr. 2018

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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


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


see din entry 1

Abbreviation (2)

German Deutsche Industrie-Normen

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English Language Learners Definition of din

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


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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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