Pronunciation: (kar'ē-in"),[key] —adj. 1. intended for or available to customers who bring in appliances to the seller or a repair store for repair or servicing: carry-in service; a carry-in store for personal computers. 2. North Central U.S.of, pertaining to, or for a social gathering at which guests are to bring their own food: A carry-in dinner will precede the lecture.
—n. 1. an appliance or machine, as a television set or a personal computer, portable enough to be taken to a store for repair.
2. Also called car'ry-in din'ner, car'ry-in sup'per.North Central U.S.a carry-in meal; potluck dinner.