[ din-er-tahym ]


  1. the period set aside for eating dinner.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of dinnertime1

1325–75; Middle English. See dinner, time

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Example Sentences

My sister-in-law got the phone call at dinnertime the night before we were to drive to a Wyoming guest ranch for a five-day, three-generation family vacation.

To me it felt like a revolution, and it quickly redefined what I was serving at dinnertime.

I may scoop my food onto the plate stove-side, but I set out cloth napkins and glass tumblers with the aim of spending dinnertime catching up on the day’s events.

In households that got no incentives, the team found that people used soap at dinnertime 36 percent of the time, one to four months after receiving a dispenser.

Baker says in addition to keeping as many walls open as possible, different tables need to be safely spaced apart, especially since people spend so much of dinnertime without masks on.

As dinnertime came and went, he and his wife and two young children, who had traveled to Beijing, had nothing to eat.

For most of her childhood, Jenna (not her real name) spent dinnertime staring at a plate of food that she refused to touch.

They go home and sleep until nine; then they reel, sleepy, to counting-houses and offices, and doze on desks until dinnertime.

There are a lot of nice girls in school and we had scrumptious fun playing at dinnertime.

At one o'clock the men, guessing it to be dinnertime, stopped pretending to work and went away.

By dinnertime there were twenty-five holes in the cardboard strip; by tea-time there were forty!

There he would labour till two or three o'clock, his usual dinnertime.


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