\ 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 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

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 The next night, rowdy Australians and selfie-snapping Chinese tourists filed in to the arena to the din of hard rock beats. Shashank Bengalistaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Column One: Young Thai boxer looks like a lollipop, stings like a bee," 30 July 2019 The recordings were coupled with background noise—similar to the din of a coffee shop—at three increasing levels of loudness. Linda Lombardi, National Geographic, "Dogs can tune out noise, just like people at cocktail parties," 30 Apr. 2019 Pounding down the street, in a din of flutes and booming drums, are hundreds of marchers: some dressed in quasi-military uniforms, others in orange sashes, bowler hats and white gloves. The Economist, "Orange Order parades cause growing tension in Scotland," 11 July 2019 Carroll’s accusations in June largely disappeared into the din. Olivia Goldhill, Quartz, "E. Jean Carroll “loved” Trump’s response to her rape allegations," 9 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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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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