[ din-er ]
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  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.

Origin of dinner

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

Other words from dinner

  • din·ner·less, adjective
  • pre·din·ner, noun, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for dinner


/ (ˈdɪnə) /

  1. a meal taken in the evening

  2. a meal taken at midday, esp when it is the main meal of the day; lunch

    • a formal evening meal, as of a club, society, etc

    • a public banquet in honour of someone or something

  1. a complete meal at a fixed price in a restaurant; table d'hôte

  2. (modifier) of, relating to, or used at dinner: dinner plate; dinner table; dinner hour

  3. do like a dinner (usually passive) Australian informal to do for, overpower, or outdo

Origin of dinner

C13: from Old French disner; see dine

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