- the main meal of the day, eaten in the evening or at midday.
- a formal meal in honor of some person or occasion.
- table d'hôte.
Origin of dinner
Examples from the Web for dinner
Though tissues are present and tears are not uncommon, the Dinner Parties are distinctly not grief counseling or group therapy.
Those who come to the Dinner Party are self-selecting; they do want to talk about it.
Talking about death is never easy, but with food, comfort, and familiarity, a new kind of dinner party is making it easier.
She was even sweet to that smug ingrate Miss Bunting after she kept insulting everyone at dinner.
Their confrontation at dinner was, without a doubt, the highlight of the episode.
I'm going to stay to dinner with you, and you must give me something better than that.
Sure enough—they were in Chicago and had dinner with us on their way out.
For young Bines, after dinner, fell in love with Miss Milbrey all over again.
Throughout the dinner their entire absorption in each other was all but unbroken.
I do not propose to speak in detail of the dinner that followed.
- a meal taken in the evening
- 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
- 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 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.