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[dahy-net] /daɪˈnɛt/
a small space or alcove, often in or near the kitchen, serving as an informal dining area.
Also called dinette set. a small table and set of matching chairs for such a space or alcove.
Origin of dinette
An Americanism dating back to 1925-30; dine + -ette Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He went from dinette to kitchen to bedroom to living room, turning off each set individually.

    The Mighty Dead William Campbell Gault
  • Ignoring the invitation, Mr. Franklin entered the dinette, blocking the doorway.

    The Wishing Well Mildred A. Wirt
  • The girls seemed to gather in the dinette and we sat around in the living room, talking.

    Warren Commission (11 of 26): Hearings Vol. XI (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • She punched a button and a dinette table popped out of the wall.

    You Too Can Be A Millionaire Noel Miller Loomis
  • Four could sleep in the forward cabin, and two amidships where the galley, dinette, and bath were located.

    The Flying Stingaree Harold Leland Goodwin
  • The boys sat at the dinette table and sipped with relish, listening to the storm outside.

    The Flying Stingaree Harold Leland Goodwin
British Dictionary definitions for dinette


an alcove or small area for use as a dining room
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for dinette

1930, from dine + diminutive (or false French) suffix -ette.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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