[ din-er ]
/ ˈdɪn ər /


the main meal of the day, eaten in the evening or at midday.
a formal meal in honor of some person or occasion.

Origin of dinner

1250–1300; Middle English diner < Old French disner (noun use of v.); see dine

Related forms

din·ner·less, adjectivepre·din·ner, noun, adjective

Can be confused

diner dinner
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Examples from the Web for dinner

British Dictionary definitions for dinner


/ (ˈdɪnə) /


a meal taken in the evening
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
a complete meal at a fixed price in a restaurant; table d'hôte
(modifier) of, relating to, or used at dinnerdinner plate; dinner table; dinner hour
do like a dinner (usually passive) Australian informal to do for, overpower, or outdo

Word Origin for dinner

C13: from Old French disner; see dine
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