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First published 1952 (SND Vol. III).
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DINE, n.

1. Dinner; “still used by old people in Lanarks. and Ayrs.” (Jam.2); dinner-time. In use in Eng. 15th and 16th cent. Obs. exc. in poet. use.Sc. c.1783 Twa Sisters in Ballads (ed. Child) No. 10B. xxiii.:
An by there came a harper fine, That harped to the king at dine.
Sc. 1787 W. Taylor Poems 69:
Than hame we gaed an' took our dine.
Abd. 1828 P. Buchan Ballads I. 149:
Will ye come up to my castle Wi' me, and take your dine?
Fif. 1827 W. Tennant Papistry Storm'd 97:
'Twas hour o' dine or thereabout.
Hdg. 1885 J. Lumsden Rhymes and Sk. 88:
Wild was the fray — like boars at bay The Saxons fought frae dawn till dine.
wm.Sc. 1937 W. Hutcheson Chota Chants 8:
It is sweating wark in a zephyr sark Bigging and thacking till dine.
Ayr. 1788 Burns Auld Lang Syne (Cent. ed.) iv.:
We twa hae paidl'd in the burn Frae morning sun till dine.

2. In pl.: “In St Andrews University the communal university dinners, or the place in which such are held” (Fif.1 1934). Also common dines. Also used attrib.Fif. 1933 St Andrews Univ. Alumnus Chron. (Jan.) 26:
Before and after dinner the old familiar “dines” graces were sung.
Fif. 1934 Times (11 Oct.) 12/3:
Thursday, October 18. — 1 p.m. luncheon at the Common Dines.

[O.Sc. has dyne, dine, a dinner, from a.1522.]

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