dinner

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 \ -​ləs How to pronounce dinnerless (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for dinner

Synonyms

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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Recent Examples on the Web

From brunches and dinners to parties and hangouts, there's always a special occasion to debut that new standout lewk. Alyssa Hardy, Teen Vogue, "Dua Lipa, Rihanna, and More Incredible Fashion Moments From this Weekend," 11 Mar. 2019 Lighten up a homemade pizza with snap peas, leeks, and asparagus for the freshest of Springtime dinners. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Spring Vegetable Pizza," 7 Mar. 2019 Food is organized on the dinner plates like a clock, with, say, mashed potatoes at 3 o’clock and meat at 6 o’clock. Caren Chesler, Popular Mechanics, "A Vision Quest," 6 Mar. 2019 The bottling, which will come along with a dinner for two at Osteria Francescana, will be auctioned online by Sotheby's from April 25 to May 9 with all proceeds benefiting Food for Soul. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Chef Massimo Bottura Is Debuting a Luxury Scotch for Charity," 28 Feb. 2019 Why should the dining room be reserved for Christmas dinner? Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Please Stop With the Open Floor Plans," 28 Feb. 2019 Chili-garlic sauce gives this easy chicken dinner a nice kick. Taylor Murray, Country Living, "Sweet-and-Spicy Chicken With Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Asparagus," 21 Feb. 2019 Kim later showed off her gift for Kanye, which included cooking him dinner in her crazy big, industrial kitchen. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Here's How All of Your Favorite Celeb Couples Celebrated Valentine's Day," 15 Feb. 2019 Even when making dinner reservations, look for places with unique atmospheres that are easy on the eyes—and ideally have a cool mocktail menu. Carly Benson, SELF, "7 Important Tips for Traveling While Sober and Having an Even Better Time," 14 Feb. 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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More Definitions for dinner

dinner

noun

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

dinner

noun
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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