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
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Examples from the Web for dinette

Historical Examples of dinette

  • Ignoring the invitation, Mr. Franklin entered the dinette, blocking the doorway.

    The Wishing Well

    Mildred A. Wirt

  • She punched a button and a dinette table popped out of the wall.

  • He went from dinette to kitchen to bedroom to living room, turning off each set individually.

    The Mighty Dead

    William Campbell Gault

  • 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

  • Four could sleep in the forward cabin, and two amidships where the galley, dinette, and bath were located.

    The Flying Stingaree

    Harold Leland Goodwin

British Dictionary definitions for dinette



an alcove or small area for use as a dining room
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Word Origin and History for dinette

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

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