[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. dinkie,
  2. dinkum,
  3. dinky,
  4. dinky-di,
  5. dinna,
  6. dinner clothes,
  7. dinner dance,
  8. dinner dress,
  9. dinner fork,
  10. dinner jacket

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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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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Word Origin and History for dinner



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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