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The Daters' Dictionary

11 definitions to help you navigate the dating world

Man holding flowers behind back for his date, Dating terms in Dater's Dictionary

Blind date: An appointment that can kick off a grand adventure. — Andersen Ross/Blend Images/Getty Images

Want to know the true meaning of commonly used words in the dating arena? Read on. Dating expert/writer Nancy Davidoff Kelton reveals what's behind the standard definitions.

Get more dating tips in the AARP Leisure Newsletter. 

Date: an appointment to go out with another person.

Per Nancy: an appointment between two people that often leads to one or more of the following

  • a second appointment
  • a kiss
  • more than one kiss
  • more than mere kissing
  • ecstasy
  • misery
  • medication
  • phone calls to friends for sympathy
  • wedded bliss
  • a date with someone else

Blind date: an appointment between two people who have never met, arranged by a mutual acquaintance or through an online ad.

Per Nancy:
1. an appointment between two people during which it becomes clear that one or both were described with a pack of lies

2. an appointment dreaded more deeply than public speaking or a root canal

3. an appointment that can kick off a grand adventure

Next page: The real meanning of a perfect date. »

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