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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Recent Examples on the Web

After dinner, Bob sat on a stool in the kitchen and laid his head on the counter. Andy Newman, New York Times, "On the Job, 24 Hours a Day, 27 Days a Month," 2 Sep. 2019 The Divergent actor, 32, married his longtime girlfriend, 26, over the weekend in Hawaii after a rehearsal dinner in Maui on Friday, PEOPLE confirms. Alexia Fernandez, PEOPLE.com, "Miles Teller Marries Model Keleigh Sperry in Romantic Hawaiian Ceremony," 2 Sep. 2019 After dinner, attendees are invited to play bocce ball under the stars on a lighted court. Lois Szymanski, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Central Carroll: Historical Society bringing Bluegrass, Bourbon and Bocce to Westminster, Sept. 13," 27 Aug. 2019 After meeting at a dinner party in 1922, the writers Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West began an affair — and generated pages and pages of confirmation. Elena Nicolaou, refinery29.com, "Hear Virginia Wolf & Vita Sackville West's Love Story In Their Own Words," 24 Aug. 2019 He was photographed with the late financier and pedophile Jeffrey Epstein at a dinner party at his home in 2010. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, "David Koch’s spirit is alive and well in the White House cabinet," 23 Aug. 2019 When Wey asked the group, after dinner, if anyone would commit to dating only immigrants for a year, the room was silent. Lisa Bonos, Washington Post, "This chef wants U.S. citizens to fall in love with immigrants — so he brings them together for dinner," 21 Aug. 2019 As Britt explained to House Beautiful, this is a working kitchen, the hub of a busy family home and the site of many dinner parties and casual gatherings. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "This California Kitchen Has the Most Insane Amenities," 13 Aug. 2019 Another rule: to always sit where one is assigned in order to maintain the intricate social balance that is seating at a dinner party. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Are Reportedly Being Criticized for Showing PDA at Dinner Parties," 11 Aug. 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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