a person who dines.
a railroad dining car.
a restaurant built like such a car.
a small, informal, and usually inexpensive restaurant.

1800–10; dine + -er1

diner, dinner.
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diner (ˈdaɪnə)
1.  a person eating a meal, esp in a restaurant
2.  chiefly (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 & History

"one who dines, 1815," from dine. Meaning "railway car for eating" is 1890, Amer.Eng.; of restaurants built to resemble dining cars (or in some cases actual converted dining cars) from 1935.
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Example sentences
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.
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