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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Restaurants and public institutions, including prisons, cannot serve margarine as a substitute for table butter unless it’s ordered by the diner or both are offered. Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Margarine smugglers, a deadly milk war and more flavor Wisconsin's dairy history," 28 Aug. 2019 Art galleries could host more business gatherings and food truck vendors could inhabit restaurant kitchens after the last diners leave. Aldo Svaldi, The Denver Post, "Denver now has an Airbnb for commercial real estate," 27 Aug. 2019 The tasting menu—multiple courses dictated by the kitchen, rather than chosen by the diner—turns a meal into an event, fusing the dinner and entertainment parts of the evening. Fortune, "Vancouver Is a Haven for Cheap but Delicious Tasting Menus," 18 Aug. 2019 Sam isn’t just maneuvering all these voices — the angry chef/boss, the snooty maitre d', the entitled diners who make the most outrageous requests, the shut-out non-elite who can’t even get in the door and take it out on the phone receptionist. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, "Review: 'Fully Committed’ a funny, moving, juggling act from TheaterWorks," 12 Aug. 2019 The sign was donated by Elaine Graham Estes, the daughter of James and Zelma Graham, who opened the iconic diner in 1932. USA TODAY, "Emoji house, Saharan dust, turtle crossing: News from around our 50 states," 8 Aug. 2019 But each of the two items offered can be customized to the diner's exact specifications. Lauren Saria, azcentral, "Why you need to try Mesa's build-your-own ramen restaurant — before it's gone," 29 July 2019 The issue evenly split the diners and lasted well beyond the meal. Jacob Ward, NBC News, "U.S. cybersecurity agency uses pineapple pizza to demonstrate vulnerability to foreign influence," 27 July 2019 The pop-up diner will only be available from Aug. 1-3. Tainaya Nash, House Beautiful, "The Peach Pit from '90210' Is Being Revived for 3 Days Only," 24 July 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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