- 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 pre-dinner
The Daily Beast is at the White House Correspondents' Dinner, and of course at our own pre-dinner cocktail party.Tweets from the White House Correspondents' Dinner!
Howard Kurtz, John Avlon, Eleanor Clift
April 27, 2013
- 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 pre-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.