Definition of tiffin in English:


Syllabification: tif·fin
Pronunciation: /ˈtifin


Indian or dated
A light meal, especially lunch.
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  • The business of delivering dabbas - also known as tiffins, from an Anglo-Indian word for ‘lunch’ - began more than a century ago, reputedly at the request of a hungry English administrator.
  • And despite our objections, they brush the dust off our feet, fan us if we are looking hot and share their tiffin with us.
  • From an all-time tiffin to a filling meal, dosa has made a place in the heart of gourmets across the country.


early 19th century: apparently from dialect tiffing 'sipping', of unknown origin.

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