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, regale, 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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Take your pick — breakfast, lunch, or dinner — and leave the cooking up to them. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "18 Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving This Year," 16 Oct. 2018 Meals are cooked by chefs, and a waiter comes round every morning to take orders for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Everything You Need to Know About the Royal-Approved Maternity Ward, The Lindo Wing," 15 Oct. 2018 Enjoy a gourmet 5-course dinner beneath the stars with a local band. Pamper yourself at the Ocean Spa, nestled on a cliff with cooling sea breezes. Condé Naste Traveler: Post, "Free Nights This Summer!," 26 Oct. 2018 Sheet Pan Chicken Breast With Kabocha and Kale This sheet pan dinner is a great, simple way to make use of kabocha squash. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "Here's How to Pick the Best Squash This Fall and Winter," 13 Sep. 2018 For now the menu features breakfast and lunch options and some dinner entrées. Jess Nocera, Laurel Leader, "Order’s up at three new restaurants in Laurel," 5 July 2018 Hough says the morning meal can be served as early as 4:30 a.m. while iftar would come well after the jail's normal dinner schedule. Michael Gordon, charlotteobserver, "A Mecklenburg inmate signed up for Ramadan fast. Now he's suing because he got hungry.," 5 July 2018 There, he and first lady Melania Trump were treated to a welcome ceremony and a lavish, black-tie dinner by May, her husband, Philip, and a host of business leaders. Alexander Smith /, NBC News, "Trump in Britain: President faces dozens of protests across U.K.," 13 July 2018 Guests bought exciting outings, art, dinners, services and more, all generously donated by local businesses. Sara Ervin Walser, Laurel Leader, "Montpelier shindig raises repair money [South Laurel]," 12 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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