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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Examples of diner in a Sentence

we'll just grab a quick hamburger at the local diner
Recent Examples on the Web In season two, Hiram bought the diner, keeping Pop on as the manager in exchange for his silence about the deal. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "What is Going to Happen to Pop Tate in "Riverdale" Season 5?," 11 Feb. 2021 Then, a Floridian wearing a MAGA hat, played by Alex Moffatt, enters the diner and gets a stern reminder from Krasinski, the town’s sheriff. Fox News, "‘SNL’ sketch depicts Georgia as blue state: ‘This is Stacey Abrams country’," 30 Jan. 2021 Tono Pizzeria + Cheesesteaks opened its second location Dec. 5 in the spot that formerly housed the 61-year-old diner known for its burgers and malts. Hannah Sayle, Star Tribune, "Restaurant roll call 2020: last year's closings — and several openings — in the Twin Cities," 19 Jan. 2021 For some restaurants, such as the long-running diner Nick’s in Chinatown, any relief from the outdoor dining ban was unlikely to arrive soon enough. Garrett Snyder Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Tempers flare as Southern California restaurants push back on outdoor dining ban," 7 Dec. 2020 Serve with toppings so each diner can customize their bowl. Judy Walker, NOLA.com, "Count on your slow cooker to help you keep those New Year's healthy eating resolutions," 26 Jan. 2021 Insatiable star Erinn Westbrook will be joining the cast as Tabitha Tate, the granddaughter of Pop Tate, former owner of the town's diner. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know About the "Riverdale" Season 5 Time Jump Ahead of the Premiere," 20 Jan. 2021 A whole hour passed without a diner or a takeout order. Hanna Krueger, BostonGlobe.com, "Beloved restaurant Peach Farm used to be open until 3 a.m. — now it struggles to stay open at all," 15 Jan. 2021 With LPs and eight-track tapes on the wall, a coffeehouse in the back and a booming American Indian drum up front to celebrate donations, Comfort Cafe feels like a bohemian diner in a college town. Mike Sutter, ExpressNews.com, "5 unexpected San Antonio-area restaurants with great huevos rancheros: Birotes Restaurant, Comal County Tacos, Comfort Cafe, Mendez Cafe, Tia’s Taco Hut," 14 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of diner

1815, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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22 Feb 2021

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“Diner.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diner. Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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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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