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


café (also cafe), 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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Through July 22, this chain will let their diners enjoy their French fries topped off with barbecue — pulled pork or pulled chicken for $7.99, and chopped brisket for $8.99. Lauren Delgado, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Here's how to celebrate National French Fry Day," 13 July 2018 Though most people roll into their favorite greasy-spoon diner looking for a bargain, many private pilots nationwide wouldn’t think twice about shelling out a Benjamin for a burger. Grace Dickinson, Philly.com, "How to make a $6 burger cost $100," 12 June 2018 The Boiks, Chicagoland transplants, serve up breakfast and lunch in their cow-themed diner off Highway G. Saturday is pizza day, and the Chicago-style pie, matched with the friendly conversation with the Boiks, was a great way to kick off my trip. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "By boat, bike or foot, Horicon Marsh is a Wisconsin treasure," 31 May 2018 Mama Renee's This new Italian/American restaurant at Bell Road and 59th Avenue in Glendale wants to be a home away from home for its diners. Jennifer Mcclellan, azcentral, "31 new restaurants opened in Phoenix in April, chains and independents," 1 May 2018 The Simple Greek specializes in catering to on-the-go diners, and makes everything to order. Steve Smith, Courant Community, "The Simple Greek Opens In Glastonbury," 23 Apr. 2018 And for our fellow diners at dog-friendly restaurants, here's a giant request for you: Please (please!) don't pet our dogs without permission. Dana Mcmahan, The Courier-Journal, "Has dog, will dine. Tips for taking your pup to Louisville's dog-friendly dining spots," 3 Apr. 2018 Andy and Gina Kalish have expanded their restaurant businesses, taking over the entire first floor of the building housing their carryout Detroit-style pizza joint, Longacre Pizza Squared, and their vegan diner, Ka’Lish. Grace Wong, chicagotribune.com, "Longacre Dining Room opens in Uptown, plus more restaurant news," 19 Mar. 2018 The 28-seat diner serves brunch from 9:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday through Monday, breakfast from 7:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Tuesday through Friday, and lunch from 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Kara Baskin, BostonGlobe.com, "Tables: Superfine Foods heads to Newburyport, a granola cafe opens in Arlington, and Little Dipper is spotted in JP," 12 July 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

: a small, informal, and inexpensive restaurant that looks like a railroad car


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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