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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While 15 or 20 minutes seems relatively quick for, say, a dinner recipe, nobody has that kind of time on most mornings. Alexa Tucker, SELF, "23 High-Protein Breakfasts Ready in 5 Minutes or Less," 6 Jan. 2019 Eating dinner in a restaurant by yourself is a real test of confidence. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Woman's Day, "30 Fun Things to Do By Yourself in Your Lifetime," 3 Jan. 2019 And on Christmas Day, Kate partook in the royal family's annual tradition of attending a morning service at the Church of St. Mary Magdalene before heading back to Sandringham for an epic Christmas dinner. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Wears a Festive Red Catherine Walker Coat to the Christmas Day Church Service," 25 Dec. 2018 During Shanahan’s tenure, in April 2015, more than 100 students took over a regents dinner meeting at the University of Washington Club, demanding higher wages, a freeze on tuition and better working conditions. Michelle Baruchman, The Seattle Times, "Trump pick for acting defense secretary brings a knack for complex issues honed at UW, Boeing," 24 Dec. 2018 Quietly, these two areas have become increasingly intertwined in recent years (JJ Redick shows up in Bon Appetit, San Antonio team dinners have become the stuff of legend, and players obsess over everything from PB&J to wine). Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "A few of our favorite podcasts in 2018, from new to new-to-us," 23 Dec. 2018 Per the Daily Mail, this was a more low-key affair than last year's shindig, which was Meghan's very first Christmas dinner. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "The Royal Family Fab Four Have Arrived for the Queen's Christmas Lunch, Gifts In Tow," 19 Dec. 2018 There is a great happy hour scene, but things really start to pick up after dinner time—and the crowd stays rowdy well into the night. Todd Plummer, Town & Country, "The Right Way To Ski Mount Buller, Australia’s Winter Playground," 10 Dec. 2018 The admission price, which includes lunch, a cocktail reception, and a dinner buffet, starts at $400 and runs up to $10,000. Cynthia Fernandez, BostonGlobe.com, "A sensory garden, a Beatles cover band, and a mentor program itself gets a boost," 13 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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