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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

Example Sentences

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
The din was people, lining the streets four deep behind a strip of blue plastic tape that resembled a thick finish line. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, 12 Nov. 2022 The constant din of the waves does wonders for my tinnitus. Kory Grow, Rolling Stone, 15 Feb. 2022 The din between the hedges petered out with about 11 minutes to go in The Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry, but not because Auburn was accomplishing its mission. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, 8 Oct. 2022 For more great ways to drown out the din, check out our picks for the best hearing protection options for home and DIY projects, the best noise-canceling headphones, and the best bone conduction headphones. Camryn Rabideau, Popular Mechanics, 4 Oct. 2022 Jokes aside, Gibbs is thoughtful and attentive, leaning in to hear questions over the rising din of happy hour at the bar, and always speaking in the direction of the recorders sitting on the table. Max Bell, SPIN, 3 Oct. 2022 The din from their feet and bodies whomping the canvas sounded like someone slamming a door over and over as the women hollered, grunted and cheered. John Jurgensen, WSJ, 17 Sep. 2022 The usual din and hum of nearly 24,000 people packed into the place had melted into an eerie nothingness, as though all those sets of eyes were locked onto the one person who had the power to deliver a moment that would stay in their memory forever. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, 3 Sep. 2022 The restaurant, which gets lunch, matinee, pre-theater, during-theater and after-theater crowds, can be very loud around seven o’clock, though by nine the din dies down a bit. John Mariani, Forbes, 17 Aug. 2022 See More

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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 27 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

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: a loud confused mixture of noises


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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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