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dinner

[ din-er ]
/ ˈdɪn ər /
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noun

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

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Origin of dinner

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

OTHER WORDS FROM dinner

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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH dinner

diner, dinner
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British Dictionary definitions for dinner

dinner
/ (ˈdɪnə) /

noun

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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