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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 intolessons 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

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 The forces of division seem way too vast, from partisan media and un-empathetic political leaders to the polarising din of social media. K.n.c., The Economist, "Societies are tearing apart, but they can be brought together," 14 Aug. 2019 But first Langford’s Waco Brothers, a veteran Chicago act, had a catalog of tunes to blister through, all jangly guitars and four-part vocal harmonies bellowed as if trying to be heard over the din of a pub. Steve Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "FitzGerald’s American Music Fest still going strong," 3 July 2019 There are no sprawling hotel/casino/resorts where the din is the sound of money changing hands. Chez Chesek, Los Angeles Times, "How one Kentucky town almost became Vegas," 3 Aug. 2019 Stepping into the din are 100 interpreters — 40 from Japan and 60 from outside — handling 11 official languages for Tokyo: Japanese, English, French, Spanish, German, Russian, Italian, Arabic, Chinese, Korean, and Portuguese. Washington Post, "Yes, Oui, Si, and Hai: Interpreters ready for Tokyo Olympics," 29 Aug. 2019 The essential weakness comes down to how strategy is set by a push of a blue touchscreen button, or words bellowed over the din of Marine One. Nick Paton Walsh, CNN, "John Bolton's firing won't end the confusion over US foreign policy," 11 Sep. 2019 A few years ago, a huge number of crows descended on our neighborhood, affecting it with the din of their raucous cawing. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "Why are Martinez crows so flighty?," 7 Aug. 2019 Its 17 spacious and colorful rooms all boast verandas or terraces, while the inviting central courtyard buzzes quietly in the evening with the festive din of guests and visitors. Alexandra Kirkman, Fortune, "Why You Should Visit Southern India on Your Next Vacation," 22 June 2019 Then construction began -- the company is expanding from 388,000 square feet to more than half a million -- which added hundreds of construction workers, three construction cranes and the din of heavy equipment to the area six days a week. oregonlive.com, "Commuting by Lyft: Adidas will cover the cost in hopes of easing crowding, parking shortage," 31 July 2019

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

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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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