noun, often attributive
din·ner | \ˈdi-nər \

Definition of dinner 

1a : the principal meal of the day having dinner at five o'clock

b : a formal feast or banquet held a dinner in her honor

3 : the food prepared for a dinner eat your dinner

4 : a packaged meal usually for quick preparation warmed up a frozen dinner

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Other Words from dinner

dinnerless \-ləs \ adjective

Synonyms for dinner


banquet, feast, feed, spread

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Examples of dinner in a Sentence

We had many pleasant dinners together. We're planning to ask them to dinner soon. Two hundred people attended his retirement dinner.
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Recent Examples on the Web

The kid-friendly spot is open for lunch and dinner daily (breakfast coming soon). 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 The Mexican spot is open for lunch and dinner daily, with happy hour from 2:30 to 6 p.m. weekdays. Kellie Hwang, azcentral, "Former longtime Z'Tejas chef finally opens his own Mexican restaurant in Phoenix," 12 July 2018 Lunch and dinner were comprised of Rainbow Salad + Chicken and Ensalada Bowl salads. Grace Gavilanes, PEOPLE.com, "I Ate Like Supermodel Kate Upton for Three Days — and It Wasn’t That Hard," 12 July 2018 At Liter House, chef John Adams, formerly of Bluebeard, crafts contemporary German dishes for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Liter House restaurant brings German beer, food south of Broad Ripple," 11 July 2018 Continentalbreakfast and registration begins at 7:30 a.m., followed by a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Fees: $150 (includes lunch and dinner). Staff Report, Daily Southtown, "Sports calendar," 10 July 2018 Trabocco Cungarelle, in the town of Vasto, serves lunch and dinner. David Farley, WSJ, "Where to Feast on Italy’s Freshest Seafood? These Historic Piers," 10 July 2018 There are 15 select Epcot restaurants plus two eateries in nearby resorts in the mix, as well as options for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Dewayne Bevil, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Disney: Familiar narrators set for Epcot's Candlelight Processional," 9 July 2018 For lunch and dinner, choose from the classic Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich, Chicken Deluxe Sandwich, Grilled Chicken Cool Wrap, other sandwiches, Chick-n-Strips and nuggets. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Chick-fil-A freebie! Dressing up like a cow Tuesday gets you free chicken," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of dinner

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for dinner

Middle English diner, from Anglo-French disner, diner meal, from disner to dine

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English Language Learners Definition of dinner

: the main meal of the day

: a usually large formal event at which dinner is eaten

: a cooked and packaged meal that usually only needs to be heated before it is eaten


din·ner | \ˈdi-nər \

Kids Definition of dinner

1 : the main meal of the day

2 : a usually large formal event at which a meal is served

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