sit-in

noun
\ ˈsit-ˌin How to pronounce sit-in (audio) \

Definition of sit-in

 (Entry 1 of 2)

2a : an act of occupying seats in a racially segregated establishment in organized protest against discrimination
b : an act of sitting in the seats or on the floor of an establishment as a means of organized protest

sit in

verb
sat in; sitting in; sits in

Definition of sit in (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to take part in or be present at a session of music or discussion as a visitor often used with oninvited to sit in on a rehearsal
2 : to participate in a sit-in

First Known Use of sit-in

Noun

1937, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1868, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Sit-in.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sit-in. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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sit-in

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English Language Learners Definition of sit-in

: a strike or protest in which people sit or stay in a place and refuse to leave until they are given what they demand

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