Definition of tiffin in English:

tiffin

noun

mass noun
  • 1Indian dated A snack or light meal.

    ‘tiffin has been ready for some time’
    count noun ‘I made sure they have not forgotten their tiffins’
    as modifier ‘a tiffin carrier’
    • ‘She brought them their tiffin in small aluminium boxes.’
    • ‘Carry tiffin with you, eat at a place with a table, if you really must.’
    • ‘For a rice eater like me, cafeteria tiffin in the morning comes nowhere close to filling.’
    • ‘Little stalls on wheels serve up tiffin: banana chips, vegetable bhajis, and little rice batter puffs with a stew of channa poured into them.’
    • ‘Different varieties of local fare is available in the various restaurants in city, and most of them offer the tiffin items.’
    • ‘In the afternoon over tiffin, Janda would compose scandalous gossip columns.’
    • ‘Tell the cook to make tiffin for three.’
    • ‘I set the soldiers and the cook to clean them after breakfast or tiffin or the midday meal.’
    • ‘The sort of dishes served for tiffin vary but curries were very popular, and salads were often served in hot weather.’
    • ‘During tiffin we went outside to try cool down somewhat.’
  • 2British A cake or dessert made with crushed biscuits, golden syrup, and chocolate, and chilled in a fridge.

    ‘the tiffin was a decadent chocolatey treat’
    • ‘We went to some place for tea and cakes near Newby Bridge whose name I just can't remember, but if you find it, have the tiffin.’
    • ‘Make the tiffin the night before and pop it in the freezer.’
    • ‘They were able to choose from an amazing array of home-made cakes, including rum and raisin tiffin.’
    • ‘The farm holds its own market, where you can sip homemade lemonade and grab a slice of chocolate brandy tiffin in peace.’
    • ‘This week Scottish oat nibbles, chocolate tiffin, and toffee pecan slices are on offer for 99p a pack.’
    • ‘We finished with a slice of home-made carrot, orange and walnut cake, and orange and chocolate tiffin, both of which were excellent.’
    • ‘A bottle of wine and some extremely naughty chocolate tiffin greeted us in the apartment.’
    • ‘This white chocolate tiffin recipe is mouth-wateringly delicious and so simple to make!’
    • ‘She whipped up flapjacks, moon rocks, and tiffin cakes in the kitchen with her children.’
    • ‘His apricot and pistachio tiffin with homemade marshmallow was technically impressive and clearly passed the taste test.’

Origin

Early 19th century apparently from dialect tiffing ‘sipping’, of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

tiffin

/ˈtɪfɪn/