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dinner

[din-er]
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noun
  1. the main meal of the day, eaten in the evening or at midday.
  2. a formal meal in honor of some person or occasion.
  3. table d'hôte.
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Origin of dinner

1250–1300; Middle English diner < Old French disner (noun use of v.); see dine
Related formsdin·ner·less, adjectivepre·din·ner, noun, adjective
Can be confuseddiner dinner
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Examples from the Web for dinner

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  • I'm going to stay to dinner with you, and you must give me something better than that.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • Sure enough—they were in Chicago and had dinner with us on their way out.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • For young Bines, after dinner, fell in love with Miss Milbrey all over again.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • Throughout the dinner their entire absorption in each other was all but unbroken.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • I do not propose to speak in detail of the dinner that followed.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger


British Dictionary definitions for dinner

dinner

noun
  1. a meal taken in the evening
  2. a meal taken at midday, esp when it is the main meal of the day; lunch
    1. a formal evening meal, as of a club, society, etc
    2. a public banquet in honour of someone or something
  3. a complete meal at a fixed price in a restaurant; table d'hôte
  4. (modifier) of, relating to, or used at dinnerdinner plate; dinner table; dinner hour
  5. do like a dinner (usually passive) Australian informal to do for, overpower, or outdo
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Word Origin

C13: from Old French disner; see dine
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Word Origin and History for dinner

n.

c.1300, from Old French disner (11c.), originally "breakfast," later "lunch," noun use of infinitive disner (see dine). Always used in English for the main meal of the day; shift from midday to evening began with the fashionable classes. Childish reduplication din-din is attested from 1905.

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