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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There’s no fancy espresso machine in sight here—just a diner with a massive menu of breakfast classics. Bon Appétit, "There are restaurant lists with rankings. And there are restaurant lists with purpose. This is the latter.," 9 July 2019 Japanese chefs, arriving with money and influence, opened restaurants that catered to higher-end diners and critics. Suyin Haynes, Time, "Fights Over 'Authentic' Chinese Food Have a Long and Complicated History. Now They're Tearing the Culinary World Apart," 8 July 2019 But for Fletcher, the idea is about more than just bringing Phoenix-area diners another great burger. Lauren Saria, azcentral, "2 years after a coma, this Phoenix chef is back and making the burgers of his dreams," 3 July 2019 Evie’s Hamburgers, which served up 1950s-style diner nostalgia along with burgers, fries and shakes, has closed its doors in Walnut Creek. Linda Zavoral, The Mercury News, "Evie’s Hamburgers, a retro fave, closes in Walnut Creek," 1 July 2019 This retro spot is home to King’s Highway, an elevated diner with a top-notch cocktail menu. Jessi Walker, Marie Claire, "Take the Ultimate Southern California Road Trip," 27 June 2019 The restaurant launched the promotion this spring as a way to keep diners in the restaurant longer, says Victoria Levin, director of project management for Andiron and its parent company. Alina Dizik, WSJ, "Fancy Restaurants Offer Fancy Baby Sitting to Attract Fancy Families," 26 June 2019 During the next couple of years, Yelp worked on a comeback, rolling out features like restaurant reservations and a waitlist that allowed diners to wait in line at home. Danielle Abril, Fortune, "Yelp Details Growth Plan Amid Depressed Share Price and Investor Unrest," 25 June 2019 Miranda Sings actress Colleen Ballinger is trading her garishly-overdrawn red lipstick and signature crazy-eyed stare for a diner apron and hairline mic to portray Dawn Williams on the Broadway stage in Sara Bareilles’ hit musical Waitress. Lexi Vollero, EW.com, "Miranda Sings actress Colleen Ballinger to make Broadway debut in Waitress," 8 June 2019

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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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