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 Here author Aria Beth Sloss writes a harrowing thank-you to a quick-thinking diner at Blue Hill at Stone Barns, where her husband is chef and co-owner. Aria Beth Sloss, Bon Appétit, 22 Mar. 2022 So Daniel Mainor, a frequent diner at Anchorage restaurants, teamed up with a young but experienced Anchorage chef. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, 5 Feb. 2022 Opened in 1942 by Freda and Hymie Sckolnick, Beautys is a sparkling white-tile and chrome diner with sensational blue banquettes. Nathan Englander, Travel + Leisure, 29 Jan. 2022 There are a total of five restaurants that run the gamut from a sophisticated fine diner helmed by chef Jeraí Miranda to a Teppanyaki joint that pairs classic Japanese and Southeast Asian techniques with local ingredients and styles. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 14 Jan. 2022 On Thursday, Alex McCoy, the chef and owner of Washington's Lucky Buns, got a call from a diner who had just tested positive for the coronavirus. Washington Post, 18 Dec. 2021 On hot, sticky days, Ms. Chan, the owner, treats customers to slices of watermelon or thick slabs of Cantonese-style French toast from the open-air diner next door. New York Times, 20 June 2021 In one along Dixie Highway, a 1950s-era Greyhound bus is depicted pulling away from an old fashioned diner that looks inviting enough to draw hungry motorists off the road. Paul Eisenberg, chicagotribune.com, 6 Dec. 2020 Production designer Alex DiGerlando recreated the iconic Soho diner, and Miranda called on his Rolodex of Broadway legends in the ultimate gift to theater lovers. Shalini Dore, Variety, 24 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of diner

1815, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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17 May 2022

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“Diner.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diner. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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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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