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From Old French diete, from Medieval Latin dieta "daily allowance, regulation, daily order", from Ancient Greek δίαιτα (díaita).


diet (plural diets)

  1. ​The food and beverage a person or animal consumes.
    The diet of the Giant Panda consists mainly of bamboo.
  2. (countable) A controlled regimen of food and drink, as to gain or lose weight or otherwise influence health.
  3. By extension, any habitual intake or consumption.
    He's been reading a steady diet of nonfiction for the last several years.
  4. (countable) A council or assembly of leaders; a formal deliberative assembly.

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diet (third-person singular simple present diets, present participle dieting, simple past and past participle dieted)

  1. (transitive) To regulate the food of (someone); to put on a diet.
    • 1621, Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy, I.iii.1.2:
      they will diet themselves, feed and live alone.
    • Spenser
      She diets him with fasting every day.
  2. (intransitive) To modify one's food and beverage intake so as to decrease or increase body weight or influence health.
    I've been dieting for six months, and have lost some weight.
  3. (obsolete) To eat; to take one's meals.
    • Francis Bacon
      Let him [] diet in such places, where there is good company of the nation, where he travelleth.
  4. (obsolete, transitive) To cause to take food; to feed.
    • Othello
      But partly led to diet my revenge...


Old IrishEdit


From Medieval Latin dieta (daily allowance, regulation, daily order), from Ancient Greek δίαιτα (díaita).


diet f

  1. diet, régime; dieting



diet c

  1. a diet


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