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[din-er] /ˈdɪn ər/
the main meal of the day, eaten in the evening or at midday.
a formal meal in honor of some person or occasion.
Origin of dinner
1250-1300; Middle English diner < Old French disner (noun use of v.); see dine
Related forms
dinnerless, adjective
predinner, noun, adjective
Can be confused
diner, dinner. Unabridged
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  • dinner over, he and Emmie attended to the dishes, he washing and she wiping.

    Cy Whittaker's Place Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Throughout the dinner their entire absorption in each other was all but unbroken.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • Mr Lambert comes into his dinner at half after one o'clock; it is near that now.

    Bristol Bells Emma Marshall
  • On Sunday, the 29th of May, all hands came ashore to dinner.

  • He had not improved in temper, when he was summoned in to dinner.

    Norman Vallery W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for dinner


a meal taken in the evening
a meal taken at midday, esp when it is the main meal of the day; lunch
  1. a formal evening meal, as of a club, society, etc
  2. 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 dinner: dinner plate, dinner table, dinner hour
(usually passive) (Austral, informal) do like a dinner, to do for, overpower, or outdo
Word Origin
C13: from Old French disner; see dine
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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