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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

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
Speaking through his ski mask in the back of the Sinaloa market, El Flaco was barely audible above the din of marketers outside and cars rumbling by. Steve Fisher, USA TODAY, 29 June 2024 If there’s a birthday, a staff member’s last day, or really anything worth drinking about, shouts break out over the din of salsa and reggaeton. The Bon Appétit Staff & Contributors, Bon Appétit, 28 June 2024 Even so, trail supporters say the quiet pathway offers a respite from the din of cars and trucks. Martin E. Comas, Orlando Sentinel, 20 June 2024 Amid the din of traffic, hissing buses and loud stereos, the playground sat empty, and men lay on the grassy strips, napping under the sun. Ruben Vives, Los Angeles Times, 19 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for din 

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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 17 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
: a loud confused mixture of noises


2 of 2 verb
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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