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See also: Tin, TIN, tín, and țin


Chemical element
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From Old English tin, from Proto-Germanic *tiną, of unknown origin. Cognates include German Zinn and Dutch tin.



tin (countable and uncountable, plural tins)

  1. (uncountable) A malleable, ductile, metallic element, resistant to corrosion, with atomic number 50 and symbol Sn.
  2. (New Zealand, UK, countable) An airtight container, made of tin or another metal, used to preserve food.
  3. (countable) A metal pan used for baking, roasting, etc.
    muffin tin
    roasting tin
  4. (countable, squash (sport)) The bottom part of the front wall, which is "out" if a player strikes it with the ball.
  5. (slang, dated, uncountable) money
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Beaconsfield to this entry?)


  • (airtight container): can (especially US), tin can

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tin (not comparable)

  1. Made of tin.
  2. Made of galvanised iron or built of corrugated iron.
    • 1939, George Orwell, "Coming up for Air", London: Victor Gollancz.
      […] in fact he was a big noise, literally, in the Baptist Chapel, known locally as the Tin Tab[ernacle] - whereas my family were 'church' and Uncle Ezekiel was an infidel at that.

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