Part of speech: noun
Origin: Indian, early 19th century
A light meal, especially lunch.
A type of lunchbox.
Examples of Tiffin in a sentence
"Would you like to join us for a tiffin before you leave?"
"My husband always packs up the leftovers in a tiffin for me to take to work for lunch."
Popularity Over Time
As a noun, a tiffin is a small snack, or possibly the box used to carry your lunch. Then you could use it as a verb for eating that light midday meal. The roots are in English, but India has adopted the term, and it's primarily used there today.
Did you Know?
Tiff is an old-fashioned English term for taking a small sip of something. When Great Britain colonized India, the word tiffin made the leap as well, used for a snack or light lunch. It's stayed primarily an Indian term, even serving as the name of a stackable type of lunchbox.