tif·​fin ˈti-fən How to pronounce tiffin (audio)
chiefly British
: a light midday meal : luncheon

Word History


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

First Known Use

1800, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tiffin was in 1800

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“Tiffin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tiffin. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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