the main meal of the day, eaten in the evening or at midday.
a formal meal in honor of some person or occasion.

1250–1300; Middle English diner < Old French disner (noun use of v.); see dine

dinnerless, adjective
predinner, noun, adjective

diner, dinner.
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dinner (ˈdɪnə)
1.  a meal taken in the evening
2.  a meal taken at midday, esp when it is the main meal of the day; lunch
3.  a.  a formal evening meal, as of a club, society, etc
 b.  a public banquet in honour of someone or something
4.  a complete meal at a fixed price in a restaurant; table d'hôte
5.  (modifier) of, relating to, or used at dinner: dinner plate; dinner table; dinner hour
6.  informal (Austral) (usually passive) do like a dinner to do for, overpower, or outdo
[C13: from Old French disner; see dine]

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, from O.Fr. disner, originally "breakfast," later "lunch," noun use of infinitive disner (see dine). Always used in Eng. 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.
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