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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

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


1937, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1868, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of sit-in was in 1868

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“Sit-in.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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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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