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A meal at midday, especially in South Asia.

[Short for tiffing, gerund of tiff, to sip.]
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(Cookery) (in India) a light meal, esp one taken at midday
[C18: probably from obsolete tiffing, from tiff to sip]
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(ˈtɪf ɪn)

(in British India) a light lunch.
[1775–85; variant of *tiffing=tiff (obsolete) to sip, drink + -ing1]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tiffin - a midday mealtiffin - a midday meal        
meal, repast - the food served and eaten at one time
business lunch - lunch (usually at a restaurant) where business is discussed and the cost is charged as a business expense
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(o.f.) [ˈtɪfɪn] Nalmuerzo m
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References in classic literature ?
His impudence still rankled when I came into the dining room at tiffin time.
So when next day at tiffin he bent his head toward me and said that he had met my late Captain last evening, adding in an undertone: "He's very sorry you left.
Indeed it is Julia Mills, peevish and fine, with a black man to carry cards and letters to her on a golden salver, and a copper-coloured woman in linen, with a bright handkerchief round her head, to serve her Tiffin in her dressing-room.
Let's have it for tiffin; very cool and nice this hot weather." Rebecca said she had never tasted a pine, and longed beyond everything to taste one.
In this romantic position Osborne and Amelia found the interesting pair, when they entered to announce that tiffin was ready.
In my agent's office, where I went to complain at once, they protested with apol ogies they couldn't understand how the mistake arose: but Schomberg when I dropped in later to get some tiffin, though surprised to see me, was perfect ly ready with an explanation.
The convinced way he surveyed the empty chairs made me feel as if I had intruded upon a tiffin of ghostly Presences.
There being no stage-coach next day, upon the road we wished to take, I hired 'an extra,' at a reasonable charge to carry us to Tiffin; a small town from whence there is a railroad to Sandusky.
Leaving this town directly after breakfast, we pushed forward again, over a rather worse road than yesterday, if possible, and arrived about noon at Tiffin, where we parted with the extra.
Wesley Moyer's stallion, Tony Tip, was to race at the June meeting at Tiffin, Ohio, and there was a rumor that he would meet the stiffest competition of his career.
"It was after tiffin, and Miss Caruthers was holding her usual court under the deck-awnings.
30, 2016, after discovering that a Chipotle branch was opening in Tiffin. He then researched Chipotle and learned of another customer who managed to eat Chipotle for 425 days while keeping up with his fitness goals.