Meaning of DATE in English


I. ˈdāt noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, ultimately from Latin dactylus — more at dactyl

Date: 14th century

1. : the oblong edible fruit of a palm ( Phoenix dactylifera )

2. : the tall palm with pinnate leaves that yields the date

II. noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin data, from data (as in data Romae given at Rome), feminine of Latin datus, past participle of dare to give; akin to Latin dos gift, dowry, Greek didonai to give

Date: 14th century


a. : the time at which an event occurs

the date of his birth

b. : a statement of the time of execution or making

the date on the letter

2. : duration

3. : the period of time to which something belongs


a. : an appointment to meet at a specified time ; especially : a social engagement between two persons that often has a romantic character

b. : a person with whom one has a usually romantic date

5. : an engagement for a professional performance (as of a dance band)

- to date

III. verb

( dat·ed ; dat·ing )

Date: 15th century

transitive verb

1. : to determine the date of

date an antique

2. : to record the date of : mark with the date


a. : to mark with characteristics typical of a particular period

b. : to show up plainly the age of

4. : to make or have a date with

intransitive verb

1. : to reckon chronologically

2. : originate

a friendship dating from college days

3. : to become dated

4. : to go out on usually romantic dates

• dat·able also date·able ˈdā-tə-bəl adjective

• dat·er ˈdā-tər noun

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.