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

Definition of tiffin

chiefly British
: a light midday meal : luncheon

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Owner Alvin Yapp has spent 30-plus years collecting 1,500 objects from Peranakan culture, most notably kasot manek (ornate beaded slippers worn by Straits Chinese women) and enamel tiffin carriers hand-painted in delicate floral patterns. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "20 Best Things To Do In Singapore," 2 Mar. 2018 For multi-course lunches, there's the tiffin box, which conveniently stores food items at their respective temperatures in a sleek aluminum tower. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Sad Sack No More: Chic Portable Wares for a Better Packed Lunch," 24 Aug. 2018 An Indian-style tiffin tea is the delightful new option at the Pierre hotel. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "A Tea Time With Stacks of Indian Snacks," 5 Feb. 2018

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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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