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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Dine \Dine\, verb (used without an object) [imp. & p. p. {Dined}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Dining}.] [F. d[^i]ner, OF. disner, LL. disnare, contr. fr. an assumed disjunare; dis- + an assumed junare (OF. juner) to fast, for L. jejunare, fr. jejunus fasting. See {Jejune}, and cf. {Dinner}, {D?jeuner}.] To eat the principal regular meal of the day; to take dinner.

Now can I break my fast, dine, sup, and sleep. --Shak.

{To dine with Duke Humphrey}, to go without dinner; -- a phrase common in Elizabethan literature, said to be from the practice of the poor gentry, who beguiled the dinner hour by a promenade near the tomb of Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester, in Old Saint Paul's.


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