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 Two days after George Floyd died, the police chief of Minneapolis called the mayor around dinnertime. New York Times, "‘They Have Lost Control’: Why Minneapolis Burned," 3 July 2020 At dinnertime on July 4, chef-restaurateur Marcus Paslay will open his new Texas brasserie Provender Hall. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "There’s a reason why Fort Worth restaurant Provender Hall opens July 4, mid-pandemic," 2 July 2020 Trump is expected to touch down in the Sooner State – one of the reddest states in the nation – around dinnertime and host his first rally since the coronavirus was declared a pandemic. John Fritze, USA TODAY, "'Turning point' or massive risk? Trump gambles with a rally in Tulsa that could shape his campaign," 20 June 2020 Use a slow cooker to prepare meals, particularly if time or fatigue is an issue at dinnertime. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Lighten up after coronavirus lockdown: how to lose weight, get healthy and boost immunity with food," 2 June 2020 By dinnertime, the ship had pulled into Old Harbor, a picturesque village nestled deep in a bay on the southern coast of Kodiak Island. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, "Onboard the ferry to the end of the world," 31 May 2016 Around dinnertime, video feeds started popping up on her screen. Zach Helfand, The New Yorker, "The New York Renters Who Can’t Pay May," 2 May 2020 Trump frequently holds court on the patio at dinnertime, shaking hands with members and waving them over to his table. Katie Rogers, BostonGlobe.com, "Mar-a-Lago: from presidential party palace to virus petri dish," 14 Mar. 2020 The crowds started to pick up at restaurants at dinnertime compared to lunch and breakfast. Cameron Knight, Cincinnati.com, "Restaurants in Cincinnati welcomed back diners inside. Here's how dinner went," 21 May 2020

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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 12 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of dinnertime

: the usual time for dinner

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