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


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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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 Marino Braccu, Otto e Mezzo’s general manager and wine director, says the restaurant has kept the price the same over the past five years, to offer diners consistency. Eric Sylvers, WSJ, "Foodies Rejoice as White Truffle Prices Sink," 1 Dec. 2018 With a menu full of small plates, Sticky Rice offers diners a budget friendly way to try Laotian cuisine. Lauren Delgado, OrlandoSentinel.com, "$5 eats in Orlando," 14 June 2018 Tim Hortons restaurants in metro Detroit are offering diners a golden opportunity Friday for National Doughnut Day. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "You can go for the gold at Tim Hortons on National Doughnut Day," 31 May 2018 Classic restaurants have regulars who turn up regardless of the forecast, and those diners aren’t finding new servers every time, because the staff stays in place. Sheryl Julian, BostonGlobe.com, "How does a restaurant survive for decades? These 10 have a winning formula," 9 May 2018 As for salads, diners will find a handful of fresh offerings designed with healthy eating in mind. James Patrick Kelly, idahostatesman, "Caffe Luciano’s a welcomed addition to Garden City | Idaho Statesman," 22 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of diner

1815, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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


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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