diner

noun
din·​er | \ ˈdī-nər How to pronounce diner (audio) \

Definition of diner

1 : a person who dines (as in a restaurant) or who is dining
2a : dining car
b chiefly US : a typically small, informal, and inexpensive restaurant that has an extensive menu and that is often made from or designed to resemble a modified railroad dining car had lunch at a roadside diner

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Synonyms for diner

Synonyms

beanery, café (also cafe), caff [British], eatery, grill, restaurant

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Examples of diner in a Sentence

we'll just grab a quick hamburger at the local diner

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By the early 2000s, many of those diners and cafes had disappeared. Rebekah Denn, The Seattle Times, "New Nordic? Seattle’s Scandinavian food scene reaches far beyond lutefisk and lingonberries," 7 Nov. 2018 Pioché is an old silver mining town that consists of a hotel/saloon, the Silver Café diner, and a handful of homes. Anne Slowey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Fear and Self-Loathing in the American Southwest," 25 July 2018 Some lucky Milwaukee diners and shoppers are having an excellent Friday. Lainey Seyler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Ryan Braun surprised some happy diners at Fuel Cafe by picking up the tab," 15 June 2018 Still, there are limits to how far some competitors will go to get a decent diner. Laura Forman, WSJ, "Grubhub Won’t Fizzle as Competitors Sizzle," 26 Apr. 2019 During the dinner service, chefs will lead discussions about their own and other women’s experiences across various facets of the food world, inviting fellow chefs, brewers, farmers, ceramicists, honey-makers and more to share candidly with diners. Noor Brara, Vogue, "How a Woman-Led Dinner Series, and the Country’s Best Chefs, Are Changing the Culinary Status Quo," 2 Apr. 2019 Stop on over to Waffle House for a homey diner experience with your family. Taysha Murtaugh And Nicol Natale, Woman's Day, "15 Restaurants Open for Easter Brunch Near Me," 11 Feb. 2019 That opening diner scene is still excellent, even if everything that comes after is daft. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: The sordid tale of Starbreeze's stumbles, Overwatch players learn piano (with guns)," 1 Feb. 2019 Rereading Ehrenreich’s book, in which the author tries to get by on a series of minimum-wage jobs (diner waitress, housecleaner, Walmart clerk), made her realize otherwise. Moira Macdonald, The Seattle Times, "Author Stephanie Land on struggling against a system seemingly stacked against the working poor," 23 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of diner

1815, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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diner

noun

English Language Learners Definition of diner

: a person who is eating dinner in a restaurant
chiefly US : a small, informal, and inexpensive restaurant that looks like a railroad car

diner

noun
din·​er | \ ˈdī-nər How to pronounce diner (audio) \

Kids Definition of diner

1 : a person eating dinner
2 : a railroad dining car or a restaurant that looks like one

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