dinner

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

Definition of dinner

  1. 1 a :  the principal meal of the day b :  a formal feast or banquet

  2. 2 :  table d'hôte 2

  3. 3 :  the food prepared for a dinner <eat your dinner>

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

dinnerless

play \-ləs\ adjective

Examples of dinner in a sentence

  1. We had many pleasant dinners together.

  2. We're planning to ask them to dinner soon.

  3. Two hundred people attended his retirement dinner.

Origin and Etymology of dinner

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


First Known Use: 13th century



DINNER Defined for English Language Learners

dinner

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

Definition of dinner for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

dinner

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noun din·ner \ˈdi-nər\

Definition of dinner for Students

  1. 1 :  the main meal of the day

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



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