I. noun Etymology: Middle English diete, from Anglo-French, from Latin diaeta, from Greek diaita, literally, manner of living, from diaitasthai to lead one's life Date: 13th century 1. a. food and drink regularly provided or consumed b. habitual nourishment c. the kind and amount of food prescribed for a person or animal for a special reason d. a regimen of eating and drinking sparingly so as to reduce one's weight <
going on a diet
2. something provided or experienced repeatedly <
a diet of Broadway shows and nightclubs — Frederick Wyatt
II. verb Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. to cause to take food ; feed 2. to cause to eat and drink sparingly or according to prescribed rules intransitive verb to eat sparingly or according to prescribed rules • dieter noun III. adjective Date: 1963 1. reduced in calories <
a diet soft drink
2. promoting weight loss (as by depressing appetite) <
diet pills
IV. noun Etymology: Middle English 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 Date: 1565 1. a formal deliberative assembly of princes or estates 2. any of various national or provincial legislatures

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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