diner

noun
din·​er | \ ˈdī-nər \

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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Dumplings and bao buns: the shells are chewy with morsels that are so juicy the drippings might squirt right onto your lap or, worse, other diners a table away. Tan Vinh, The Seattle Times, "One of Seattle’s best dumpling restaurants comes to Bellevue," 16 July 2018 With so many choices, many Hammond’s diners opt for the ice cream flight of six mini-cones of flavors like ginger cream, honey lavender and peanut butter guava. Pam Kragen, sandiegouniontribune.com, "22 San Diego ice cream shops where you can cool off on this very hot day," 6 July 2018 Absent from the table is the typical battalion of condiments that Filipino diners use to recalibrate each dish to their taste. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "A Filipino Specialty Best Paired With a Brew in the East Village," 5 July 2018 Now that the opening is a just few months away, curious diners can get a taste of Uncle Wolfie’s Breakfast Tavern at pop-up brunches in June at Amilinda downtown. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "As opening of Uncle Wolfie's Breakfast Tavern nears, a pop-up previews the menu," 25 May 2018 For example, the sparkly vinyl seats and chrome accents reminiscent of a quintessential ‘50s diner. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "What Exactly Is Retro Furniture?," 14 Jan. 2019 Several national chains are treating diners to deals on cheeseburgers – and one is giving away pancakes, for some reason – leaving you with almost no excuse not to chow down on a discounted grub. Fox News, "Celebrate National Cheeseburger Day with free or discounted burgers, and nothing else," 18 Sep. 2018 Now Bottura is having some fun leaning in to those cultural stereotypes from afar, offering Dubai diners bowls of pasta in sizes S-XL, and wheeling a gelato cart across sand imported from Rimini. Adam Robb, Condé Nast Traveler, "Behind the Scenes at Massimo Bottura's New Dubai Restaurant," 27 Dec. 2018 In the film, struggling artist Kelly (Danica) returns to her hometown of Grand Valley, Wyoming, to visit her father, diner owner Frank (Dan), and help her cousin with the Kids' Christmas Camp at the Grand Valley Lodge. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Hallmark's 'Christmas at Grand Valley' Was Filmed at a Rustic Lodge You Can Visit," 21 Dec. 2018

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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 \

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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