Diet, Definition of Diet by Merriam-Webster

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Definition of diet (Entry 2 of 4)

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The word diet first appeared in English in the 13th century. Its original meaning was the same as in modern English, “habitually taken food and drink.” But diet was used in another sense too in the Middle and early modern English periods to mean “way of living.” This is, in fact, the original meaning of diet’s Greek ancestor diaita, which is derived from the verb diaitasthan, meaning “to lead one’s life.” In Greek, diaita, had already come to be used more specifically for a way of living prescribed by a physician, a diet, or other regimen.

Examples of diet in a Sentence

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First Known Use of diet

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

1963, in the meaning defined at sense 1

1565, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for diet

Noun (1), Verb, and Adjective

M >diete, from Anglo-French, from Latin diaeta, from Greek diaita, literally, manner of living, from diaitasthai to lead one’s life

M >diete day’s journey, day set for a meeting, from Medieval Latin dieta, literally, daily regimen, diet (taken as a derivative of Latin dies day), from Latin diaeta — see diet entry 1

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