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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Right after the presidents’ dinnertime parlay, Chinese officials said the two sides agreed to put tariffs in abeyance to negotiate a settlement but offered few other details then and in the days since. WSJ, "China Breaks Its Silence on 90-Day U.S. Tariff Truce," 5 Dec. 2018 Reassuring men from three networks delivered the news at dinnertime. Ted Anthony, The Seattle Times, "In chaotic era, conference aims to amplify 1st Amendment," 23 Oct. 2018 Making reservations at dinnertime is an absolute must. Katie Jackson, Fox News, "Heading to the GOP Convention? Chow down at Cleveland's best restaurants," 15 July 2016 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

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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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