tiffin

noun
tif·​fin | \ ˈti-fən How to pronounce tiffin (audio) \

Definition of tiffin

chiefly British
: a light midday meal : luncheon

Examples of tiffin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The tight quarters are one reason for the tiffin boxes, stackable metal containers used to transport two multipart, shareable entrees. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "Tom Sietsema’s 8 favorite places to eat right now," 24 July 2019 The tight quarters are one reason for the tiffin boxes, stackable metal containers used to transport two multipart, shareable entrees. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "Tom Sietsema’s 8 favorite places to eat right now," 24 July 2019 The tight quarters are one reason for the tiffin boxes, stackable metal containers used to transport two multipart, shareable entrees. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "Tom Sietsema’s 8 favorite places to eat right now," 24 July 2019 The tight quarters are one reason for the tiffin boxes, stackable metal containers used to transport two multipart, shareable entrees. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "Tom Sietsema’s 8 favorite places to eat right now," 24 July 2019 The tight quarters are one reason for the tiffin boxes, stackable metal containers used to transport two multipart, shareable entrees. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "Tom Sietsema’s 8 favorite places to eat right now," 24 July 2019 The tight quarters are one reason for the tiffin boxes, stackable metal containers used to transport two multipart, shareable entrees. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "Tom Sietsema’s 8 favorite places to eat right now," 24 July 2019 Shanghvi has stopped going for his Sunday tiffins now, but his friends still pack his favourite south Indian dishes for him, and drop it at his place after their get-togethers. Soma Das, Quartz India, "Once India’s richest man, this pharma tycoon valued his anonymity over wealth," 21 June 2019 The arrival of a tiffin adds a little drama to the scene, as a server deconstructs the silver tower and crowds the recipient’s table with steamy and fragrant metal bowls of food. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "Cane doubles the pleasures with chef-driven Caribbean cooking," 19 June 2019

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First Known Use of tiffin

1800, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tiffin

probably alteration of tiffing, gerund of obsolete English tiff to eat between meals

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“Tiffin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tiffin. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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