noun, din·ner often attributive \ˈdi-nər\

: the main meal of the day

: a usually large formal event at which dinner is eaten

: a cooked and packaged meal that usually only needs to be heated before it is eaten

Full Definition of DINNER

a :  the principal meal of the day
b :  a formal feast or banquet
:  the food prepared for a dinner <eat your dinner>
:  a packaged meal usually for quick preparation <warmed up a frozen dinner>
din·ner·less \-ləs\ adjective

Examples of DINNER

  1. We had many pleasant dinners together.
  2. We're planning to ask them to dinner soon.
  3. Two hundred people attended his retirement dinner.

Origin of DINNER

Middle English diner, from Anglo-French disner, diner meal, from disner to dine
First Known Use: 13th century

Other Food Terms

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DINNER Defined for Kids


noun din·ner \ˈdi-nər\

Definition of DINNER for Kids

:  the main meal of the day
:  a usually large formal event at which a meal is served
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