din·​ner·​time | \ ˈdi-nər-ˌtīm How to pronounce dinnertime (audio) \

Definition of dinnertime

: the customary time for dinner

Examples of dinnertime in a Sentence

I hate getting phone calls at dinnertime.
Recent Examples on the Web Earlier Monday evening, at least 300 gathered at a dinnertime vigil for Daunte Wright, 20, at the site where he was shot in the chest and killed a day earlier following a traffic stop. Star Tribune, 12 Apr. 2021 And a dinnertime phone call with a Newsmax TV personality. Brian Stelter, CNN, 22 Mar. 2021 New hominid discoveries were as likely to be dinnertime conversation as Fermat’s Last Theorem. Arthur C. Brooks, The Atlantic, 18 Mar. 2021 Made from recycled steel and milk glass windows from old Pearl buildings, the oyster bar draws a long line for draft beer in the daytime and starts shucking oysters around dinnertime. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, 11 Mar. 2021 Day after day, Abby Adair Reinhard slumped out of her home office around dinnertime, her father's abrupt COVID-19 death still fresh in her mind. Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY, 20 Feb. 2021 A year into the pandemic, many of us have come to lean on the kind of comfort classics at dinnertime that provide not just a sense of sustenance, but also of familiarity in these thoroughly disorienting days. Brian Freedman, Forbes, 27 Feb. 2021 Theories of oppression and workers’ rights were dinnertime conversation. New York Times, 17 Feb. 2021 At dinnertime, Nate emerged to refuel in the kitchen. Allegra Goodman, The New Yorker, 18 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of dinnertime

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Dinnertime.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dinnertime. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of dinnertime

: the usual time for dinner


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