noun, often attributive
din·​ner | \ ˈdi-nər How to pronounce dinner (audio) \

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 \ ˈdi-​nər-​ləs How to pronounce dinnerless (audio) \ 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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The Codfish Ball, a summer series continuing at Tavern at The Wick, featuring Broadway Dames accompanied by reggae band during multi-course seafood dinner at 6:30 p.m. for $88. Susan Bryant, sun-sentinel.com, "At Boca Burger Battle, South Florida chefs cross spatulas in a comfort-food fight," 28 June 2019 Before the show, enjoy dinner at Cured Table & Tap/18th & 21st, just a short walk away from the venue! Denisa Protani, baltimoresun.com, "Dinner and and a Show with The Mighty O.A. R," 24 June 2019 The two were introduced afterwards during a dinner at Walker’s house. Jason Miller, The Conversation, "The civil rights activist so close to Martin Luther King Jr. she was thought of as his ‘other wife’," 24 June 2019 At a recent chef’s dinner at Rebar, Mereday served roasted sea bass laid over tiny black lentils and silky parsnip puree in a pool of intense duck broth reduction. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "This new Italian restaurant in Indianapolis rises above spaghetti and meatballs," 17 June 2019 Tonight, gather for an orientation and a welcome dinner at the hotel. National Geographic, "Scotland Hiking Adventure: From the Highlands to Islands," 17 June 2019 The Catholic Widow and Widowers of North County support group offers various social activities, including these upcoming events: July 9: Steak dinner at the American Legion, Vista. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Brother Benno’s plans luau fundraiser," 8 July 2019 The women were flattered though, when Dean Erwin Griswold invited them to an intimate dinner at his home. Megan Cassidy, SFChronicle.com, "Alameda County judge celebrates 40 years on bench, beating the odds with RBG," 5 July 2019 To make a night of it, Sean recommends grabbing dinner at BLVD Bistro and ice cream at Sugar Hill Creamery or Harlem Shake. Max Falkowitz, New York Times, "A Brooklyn Cyclones Game, Capped Off With Coney Island Treats and Amusements," 3 July 2019

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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 How to pronounce dinner (audio) \

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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