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[dahy-ner] /ˈdaɪ nər/
a person who dines.
a railroad dining car.
a restaurant built like such a car.
a small, informal, and usually inexpensive restaurant.
Origin of diner
First recorded in 1800-10; dine + -er1
Can be confused
diner, dinner. Unabridged
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  • She was doubtless some great and exclusive personage, for she had not appeared in public, not even in the diner.

    Out of the Ashes Ethel Watts Mumford
  • I do want to ride on a train, a big train with a sleeper and a diner!

    Mary Jane's City Home Clara Ingram Judson
  • That the discovery of what it is you eat in a vol-au-vent at a "diner trois francs," will please but not surprise you.

  • If we get hungry before we reach Los Angeles, we'll patronize the diner.

    Tabitha's Vacation Ruth Alberta Brown
  • Now, when you got over there, how long did you stay at the diner?

    Warren Commission (12 of 26): Hearings Vol. XII (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
British Dictionary definitions for diner


a person eating a meal, esp in a restaurant
(mainly US & Canadian) a small restaurant, often at the roadside
a fashionable bar, or a section of one, where food is served
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for diner

"one who dines, 1815," agent noun from dine. Meaning "railway car for eating" is 1890, American English; of restaurants built to resemble dining cars (or in some cases actual converted dining cars) from 1935. The Diner's Club credit card system dates from 1952.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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