din·​ner·​time ˈdi-nər-ˌtīm How to pronounce dinnertime (audio)
: the customary time for dinner

Examples of dinnertime in a Sentence

I hate getting phone calls at dinnertime.
Recent Examples on the Web Maria Bamford and Stephen Colbert Are the Same Kind of Broken When Maria Bamford and Stephen Colbert compare childhood dinnertime experiences? Vulture, 17 Nov. 2023 Get The Recipe 37 of 60 Oven-Baked Sweet Potatoes A little bit of seasoning and butter make for an easy, delicious way to cook sweet potatoes at dinnertime. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 24 Oct. 2023 But by dinnertime Saturday, the restaurant was busy as many visitors who had holed up in their hotel rooms during the storm headed out for dinner. John Hilliard, BostonGlobe.com, 17 Sep. 2023 Get The Recipe 25 of 30 Chicken-And-Rice Bake With Broccolini Chicken and rice, the quintessential dinnertime combo, gets even easier when prepped in a casserole dish alongside a nutritious dose of broccolini. Cameron Beall, Southern Living, 18 Oct. 2023 Serve with extra napkins and a cold beer for those who are up for a dinnertime challenge. Karen Schroeder-Rankin, Southern Living, 30 Aug. 2023 In some cases, though, their workdays now extend past dinnertime. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, 27 July 2023 He could often be found in the kitchen — anything to impress his girlfriend at dinnertime. David Aaro, ajc, 6 Sep. 2023 The best part is that meals show up fresh, prepared, and kid-tested, eliminating a lot of arguments and dinnertime stress. Carrie Havranek, Parents, 11 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dinnertime was in the 14th century

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“Dinnertime.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dinnertime. Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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din·​ner·​time -ˌtīm How to pronounce dinnertime (audio)
: the usual time for dinner
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