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Definition of "tiffin" [tif•fin]

  • Chiefly British A meal at midday; a luncheon. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "tiffin" in a sentence
  • "Mr. Shinde says the restaurant no longer users the stainless-steel containers of the its namesake — "tiffin" is the container, and "wallah" the delivery guy — but lunch still arrives compartmentalized, and cheap."
  • "AS THE menu says, the word tiffin harks back to the 19th century and the days of British rule in India."
  • "My M-W#11 says "(1800) chiefly Brit: a light midday meal: LUNCHEON" -- the people in India who deliver lunches to office workers (lunches prepared by their old mamas etc.), aren't they called tiffin wallahs or something Colonel Blimpish like that?"