\ 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 2c) by insistent repetition often used with into lessons dinned into us as children

Definition of din (Entry 3 of 4)


Definition of DIN (Entry 4 of 4)

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: Noun In a din of overlapping voices, Amy approached a peppy woman from the Assembly speaker’s office and began her pitch. Danyoung Kim, The New Yorker, 2 June 2022 There's a key distinction that can be lost in the din of a dispute. Joshua Bowling, The Arizona Republic, 7 Nov. 2021 Gunfire might not be heard above the din of traffic. Tim Stelloh, NBC News, 3 June 2022 Even as a young press operator at The Washington Post, working amid the din of printing presses rolling at deadline, Royce Miles stood out from the crowd. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8 Apr. 2022 In Brighton Beach, these immigrants shop together at the Brighton Bazaar and Tashkent supermarkets amid the din of trains overhead. Los Angeles Times, 19 Mar. 2022 Instead, a little more than 100 counterprotesters descended down the wide lawn in front of the mountain’s gigantic bas relief carving of Confederate leaders, shouting and jeering, forcing the SCV speakers to struggle to be heard over the din. al, 1 May 2022 From Nathan Fenno: As the mob jostled with two dozen police officers in helmets and gas masks blocking a hallway to the Senate chamber in the U.S. Capitol, a voice boomed above the din. Los Angeles Times, 5 Jan. 2022 For the second straight night, Julius yelled over the din of a clamorous crowd of Toksook Bay fans as the No. 6 seed Islanders pulled off an upset. Chris Bieri, Anchorage Daily News, 20 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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\ 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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