din·​ner·​time | \ˈdi-nər-ˌtīm \

Definition of dinnertime 

: the customary time for dinner

Examples of dinnertime in a Sentence

I hate getting phone calls at dinnertime.

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But the great kitchens, the ones that inspire hour-long drives and dinnertime haiku, tend to labor over their fragrant goo as assiduously as a French baker might over her baguettes. Jonathan Gold, latimes.com, "At Middle Eastern restaurants, it all starts with hummus. Jonathan Gold says Bavel's is magnificent," 15 June 2018 The triggers of your toddler's dinnertime tantrums, over the course of his or her early years, might not be the same, but one thing remains constant, every single time — those deadpan, judgmental stares from other people in the restaurant. Sarah Schreiber, Good Housekeeping, "Dad Posts Photo of Child's Restaurant Tantrum to Help Irritated Diners Understand," 9 Mar. 2017 Some of the crowds were expected to subside around dinnertime, as families headed home and night visitors came out, Weston said. Devin Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, "‘A screeching halt.’ Forest Fair crowds snarl traffic between Anchorage and Girdwood," 8 July 2018 Around dinnertime, everything gets shut down, and that's for parents, too. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "7 tips to keep your kids safe when they're online," 6 Feb. 2018 At dinnertime on a weekday, the place is jammed — couples digging chopsticks into rice, pals catching up, a family or two making good use of the restaurant’s two high chairs. Kara Baskin, BostonGlobe.com, "Quick Bite: Dakzen near Davis Square for Bangkok-style street food," 5 July 2018 The following day, the couple met at Apotex’s offices in North Toronto around dinnertime to review plans for their sprawling new mansion in the city’s Forest Hill neighborhood. Jacquie Mcnish And Vipal Monga, WSJ, "After a Billionaire and His Wife Are Found Dead, Their Children Try to Crack the Case," 29 June 2018 Come dinnertime, the family gathers at the walnut Parsons-style dining table built by Luis, a TV-commercial director. Dawn Margolis Denberg, SFChronicle.com, "1895 home is all Victorian eye candy outside and modern efficiency inside," 29 June 2018 What Skenazy dubbed free-range parenting used to be the standard — the way that Generation Xers and those before them were raised, with parents letting kids outside in the morning to play and not expecting them back home until dinnertime. Elizabeth Chuck /, NBC News, "How much risk is good for kids? Parents make the case for more adventurous childhoods," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of dinnertime

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of dinnertime

: the usual time for dinner

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