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

Definition of tiffin

chiefly British
: a light midday meal : luncheon

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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 The tight quarters are one reason for the tiffin boxes, stackable metal containers used to transport two multipart, shareable entrees. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "Cane doubles the pleasures with chef-driven Caribbean cooking," 19 June 2019 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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