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diner

[dahy-ner] /ˈdaɪ nər/
noun
1.
a person who dines.
2.
a railroad dining car.
3.
a restaurant built like such a car.
4.
a small, informal, and usually inexpensive restaurant.
Origin
1800-1810
1800-10; dine + -er1
Can be confused
diner, dinner.
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Examples from the web for diner
  • Restaurant menus are no longer a set list of choices but the starting point for negotiations between diner and waiter.
  • He was working at a local diner, and was so poorly treated, that he harmed the manager and subsequently re-offended.
  • If a diner is eating at one of his restaurants for the first time, the staff is alerted.
  • All have a role in helping to make a diner's experience pleasant.
British Dictionary definitions for diner

diner

/ˈdaɪnə/
noun
1.
a person eating a meal, esp in a restaurant
2.
(mainly US & Canadian) a small restaurant, often at the roadside
3.
a fashionable bar, or a section of one, where food is served
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Word Origin and History for diner
n.

"one who dines, 1815," agent noun from dine. Meaning "railway car for eating" is 1890, American English; of restaurants built to resemble dining cars (or in some cases actual converted dining cars) from 1935. The Diner's Club credit card system dates from 1952.

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