\ 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

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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 There is a constant din from trains, and tens of thousands of people go through the station on a typical day. Erich Schwartzel, WSJ, "The Oscars Roll Out the Red Carpet—at a Train Station," 23 Apr. 2021 On a screen, a monitor traced his rising heart rate and falling oxygen levels; over the din of the I.C.U., the ventilator alarm pinged. Dhruv Khullar, The New Yorker, "A Doctor’s Dark Year," 20 Apr. 2021 Seeking out the sounds of nature may be quite a change for humans more accustomed to tuning out the annoying din of noisy cities and suburbs. Brian Handwerk, Smithsonian Magazine, "Listening to Nature Gives You a Real Rocky Mountain High," 5 Apr. 2021 This team of former strangers, united by concern and curiosity, salvaged something useful from the din. Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic, "America’s Coronavirus Catastrophe Began With Data," 15 Mar. 2021 Those early zoom months seemed so fertile with possibility; suddenly there was no escaping the din and clamor of home life, children begging for attention or starved for entertainment, barking dogs and dinging washing machines. Liz Elting, Forbes, "Women’s Jobs Are Vanishing. We’re Going To Have To Deal With That Eventually.," 19 Mar. 2021 Labored breathing was lost in the din of hip-hop beats blasting across the compound. Vincent T. Davis, San Antonio Express-News, "McDonald brothers out to promote health, wellness in San Antonio with 1 million push-up challenge," 8 Mar. 2021 The din, dozens of people shouting to be heard over the next person. New York Times, "We Want Our Friends Back! (But Which Ones?)," 27 Mar. 2021 Yet what could be a more apt way to recall the dark days of spring than a muffled, echoless din in a tight, lightless canyon? Justin Davidson, Curbed, "Weiss/Manfredi Evokes a Doctor’s Trip Through Despair Into Light," 17 Mar. 2021

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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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30 Apr 2021

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“Din.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/din. Accessed 5 May. 2021.

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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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