speed dating

noun

: an event at which each participant converses individually with all the prospective partners for a few minutes in order to select those with whom dates are desired

Examples of speed dating in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Recent singles events on Eventbrite include board-game speed dating, tantra speed dating, outdoor strolls for singles and singles karaoke. USA TODAY, 3 Apr. 2024 On Meetup, Eventbrite and Reddit, local clubs and organizations post one-off speed dating events for fundraising or networking. Tatum Hunter, Washington Post, 6 Mar. 2024 Join comics Hillary Boston and June Dempsey in this wild and fun speed dating night full of surprises for ages 21-45. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, 11 Feb. 2024 Focus on what’s important to you Part of what makes speed dating so alluring is its game-like nature. Kailyn Brown, Los Angeles Times, 21 Sep. 2023 Among them: a beer dinner at San Jose’s Fox Tale, a speed dating event with TCHO chocolate at San Leandro’s 21st Amendment Brewery, a beer and cookie pairing at San Rafael’s Monk’s Kettle Terra Linda, and a cheesecake and stout pairing event at Harmonic’s Chase Center location in San Francisco. Jay R. Brooks, The Mercury News, 31 Jan. 2024 First dates, blind dates, relationship coaching, speed dating, finding love, and breaking hearts — all of these common human experiences help to normalize an often misunderstood community. Emily Smith, EW.com, 19 Oct. 2023 Conway says her speed dating events seek to create a safe and inclusive community – one that's not necessarily just for meeting significant others. Anna-Katherine Ping, ABC News, 9 Sep. 2023 Then, during speed dating, Alexis started forming connections with a few of the other guys. Sarah Felbin, Women's Health, 18 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

2000, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of speed dating was in 2000

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“Speed dating.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/speed%20dating. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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