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 Since the pandemic began, Dr. Applewhite and her children have begun scheduling a five-minute dance party in the kitchen around dinnertime. Bonnie Darves, SELF, 1 June 2022 That evening, Parker showed up in his green truck around dinnertime as Keeton and Stegall were sharing a barbecue chicken pizza. Washington Post, 11 May 2022 Thankfully, dinnertime customers still arrive in droves for swordfish and French white wines. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 6 June 2022 Eastern in Indianapolis, eight games will take place across four locations — Indianapolis, Buffalo, Portland, Ore., and Fort Worth, Tex. — before dinnertime in the United States. Adam Zagoria, New York Times, 17 Mar. 2022 The majority of the nation's grocery stores will close early Christmas Eve – most before dinnertime – and will stay closed for Christmas Day. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, 25 Dec. 2021 This was just Biden’s third prime-time White House address—and the decision to try to commandeer the nation’s attention at dinnertime had both its political and legislative components. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, 3 June 2022 Come dinnertime, the family would gather around the huge pots, ladling steaming broth, marrow bones and fragrant rice into their bowls before crowding together to eat. New York Times, 1 Nov. 2021 And while comforting familiarity is something to be cherished, boredom at dinnertime is not. Robin Miller, USA TODAY, 5 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of dinnertime

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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22 Jul 2022

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“Dinnertime.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dinnertime. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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