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din·ner

 (dĭn′ər)
n.
1.
a. The chief meal of the day, eaten in the evening or at midday.
b. A banquet or formal meal in honor of a person or event.
c. The food prepared for either of these meals.
2. A full-course meal served at a fixed price; table d'hôte.

[Middle English diner, morning meal, from Old French disner, diner, to dine, morning meal; see dine.]
Word History: In Middle English dinner meant "breakfast," as did the Old French word disner, or diner, which was the source of our word. The Old French word came from the Vulgar Latin word *disiūnāre, meaning "to break one's fast; that is, to eat one's first meal," a notion also contained in our word breakfast. The Vulgar Latin word was derived from an earlier word, *disiēiūnāre, the Latin elements of which are dis-, denoting reversal, and iēiūnium, "fast." Middle English diner not only meant "breakfast" but, echoing usage of the Old French word diner, more commonly meant "the first big meal of the day, usually eaten between 9 am and noon." Customs change, however, and over the years we have let the chief meal become the last meal of the day, by which time we have broken our fast more than once.

dinner

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

din•ner

(ˈdɪn ər)

n.
1. the main meal of the day, eaten in the evening or at midday.
2. a formal meal in honor of some person or occasion.
[1250–1300; Middle English diner < Old French disner (n. use of v.); see dine]
din′ner•less, adj.

dinner

, supper - Dinner is the main meal of the day; supper is the last meal of the day and lighter than dinner.
See also related terms for lighter.

dinner

lunch
1. 'dinner'

People usually call their main meal of the day dinner. Some people have this meal in the middle of the day, and others have it in the evening.

We had roast beef and potatoes for dinner.
I haven't had dinner yet.
2. 'lunch'

People who call their evening meal dinner usually refer to a meal eaten in the middle of the day as lunch.

I had soup and a sandwich for lunch.
I'm going out to lunch.

Be Careful!
You don't usually use 'a' with dinner or lunch. Don't say, for example, I haven't had a dinner yet'.

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dinner - the main meal of the day served in the evening or at middaydinner - the main meal of the day served in the evening or at midday; "dinner will be at 8"; "on Sundays they had a large dinner when they returned from church"
meal, repast - the food served and eaten at one time
high tea - substantial early evening meal including tea
2.dinner - a party of people assembled to have dinner togetherdinner - a party of people assembled to have dinner together; "guests should never be late to a dinner party"
party - a group of people gathered together for pleasure; "she joined the party after dinner"
banquet, feast - a ceremonial dinner party for many people
beanfeast - an annual dinner party given by an employer for the employees

dinner

noun
1. meal, evening meal, main meal, spread (informal), repast, blowout (slang), collation, nosh-up (informal), refection Would you like to stay and have dinner?
2. banquet, feast, blowout (slang), repast, beanfeast (Brit. informal), carousal The annual dinner was held in the spring.
Translations
الوَجْبَه الرَّئيسيَّهعَشَاءمَأْدُبَة عَشاء
večeřežrádlobankethlavní jídlo dnehostina
middagmiddags-aftensmad
päivällinenruokaillallinenlounas
večera
ebédvacsora
kvöldverîarboîkvöldverîur
ディナー
정찬
iškilminga vakarienėiškilmingi pietūspietūssmokingas
banketspusdienas
večera
večerja
middag
อาหารเย็น
bữa tối

dinner

[ˈdɪnəʳ]
A. N (= evening meal) → cena f; (= lunch) → almuerzo m, comida f, lonche m (Mex); (= banquet) → cena f de gala
to have dinner (in the evening) → cenar; (at midday) → almorzar, comer
can you come to dinner?¿puedes venir a cenar?
we're having people to dinnertenemos invitados para or a cenar
to go out to dinnersalir a cenar (fuera)
we sat down to dinner at 10.30nos sentamos a cenar a las 10.30
B. CPD dinner bell Ncampana f de la cena
dinner dance Ncena f seguida de baile
dinner duty N (Scol) → supervisión f de comedor
dinner jacket Nesmoquin m, smoking m
dinner knife Ncuchillo m grande
dinner lady N empleada que da el servicio de comidas en las escuelas
dinner party Ncena f (con invitados)
dinner plate Nplato m llano
dinner roll Npanecillo m
dinner service Nvajilla f
dinner table Nmesa f de comedor
dinner time Nhora f de cenar/comer
dinner trolley, dinner wagon Ncarrito m de la comida
see also school C

dinner

[ˈdɪnər] n
(= evening meal) → dîner m
to invite sb for dinner → inviter qn à dîner
to have dinner → dîner
dinner's ready! → à table!
(= midday meal) → déjeuner m
(= formal occasion) → banquet mdinner dance dinner-dance n (British)dîner m dansantdinner hour n (= lunch hour) → pause-déjeuner fdinner jacket n (British)smoking mdinner lady n (British)femme f de service (à la cantine)dinner money n (British)argent m pour la cantinedinner party ndîner m (sur invitation)
to have a dinner party → avoir du monde à dîner
to be invited to a dinner party → être invité(e) à un dînerdinner plate ngrande assiette fdinner service nservice m de tabledinner suit ntenue f de soiréedinner table dinner-table [ˈdɪnərteɪbəl] n (British)table f de la salle à manger
to sit at the dinner table → être à table
round the dinner table → autour de la table

dinner

n (= evening meal)(Haupt)mahlzeit f, → Abendessen nt; (formal) → (Abend)essen nt; (= lunch)Mittagessen nt; (for cat, dog) → Fressen nt; to be at dinnerbeim Essen sein, (gerade) essen; to be eating or having one’s dinnerzu Abend/Mittag essen; (dog, cat)(gerade) fressen; we’re having people to dinnerwir haben Gäste zum Essen; dinner’s readydas Essen ist fertig; to finish one’s dinnerzu Ende essen; what time do you finish dinner?wann bist du mit dem Essen fertig?; to go out to dinner (in restaurant) → auswärts or außer Haus essen (gehen); (at friends’) → zum Essen eingeladen sein; to give a dinner in somebody’s honourein Essen zu jds Ehren geben; a formal dinnerein offizielles Essen

dinner

:
dinner bell
n(Essens)glocke f; the dinner has gonees hat (zum Essen) geläutet
dinner-dance
n Abendessen mit Tanz
dinner dress
dinner duty
n to do dinnerTischaufsicht haben
dinner jacket
nSmokingjacke f
dinner knife
nTafelmesser nt
dinner money
n (Brit Sch) → Essensgeld nt
dinner party
nAbendgesellschaft f(mit Essen); to have or give a small dinnerein kleines Essen geben
dinner plate
nTafelteller m
dinner service, dinner set
nTafelservice nt
dinner suit
nSmoking m
dinner table
nTafel f; we were already sitting at the dinnerwir hatten schon zum Essen Platz genommen
dinner theater
n (US) Restaurant mit Theatervorführung
dinnertime
nEssenszeit f
dinner trolley, dinner wagon
nServierwagen m

dinner

[ˈdɪnəʳ] n (evening meal) → cena; (lunch) → pranzo; (banquet) → banchetto
school dinners → refezione f scolastica
we're having people to dinner this evening → abbiamo gente a cena stasera
to go out to dinner in a restaurant/at friends → andare a cena fuori/da amici
dinner's ready! → a tavola!

dinner

(ˈdinə) noun
1. the main meal of the day eaten usually in the evening. Is it time for dinner yet?
2. a formal party in the evening, when such a meal is eaten. They asked me to dinner; He was the guest of honour at the dinner; (also adjective) a dinner party.
ˈdinner-jacket noun
a man's formal jacket for wear in the evening.

dinner

عَشَاء večeře middag Abendessen δείπνο cena päivällinen dîner večera cena ディナー 정찬 diner middag obiad jantar обед middag อาหารเย็น akşam yemeği bữa tối 正餐

dinner

n. cena.

dinner

n cena
References in classic literature ?
There was so much to do, getting the boxes ready to go tomorrow, that I didn't come home to dinner.
With something approaching a girlhood swing to her body she walked along, but when she had got back to her chair by the window of her room and when dark- ness had come on and a girl from the hotel dining room brought her dinner on a tray, she let it grow cold.
There was a merry party around the table at dinner, though now and then Ned noticed that Tom had an abstracted and preoccupied air.
I had almost forgotten that I had a grandmother, when she came out, her sunbonnet on her head, a grain-sack in her hand, and asked me if I did not want to go to the garden with her to dig potatoes for dinner.
He did not know; perhaps he would return for the early dinner and perhaps he would not.
It is noon; and Dough-Boy, the steward, thrusting his pale loaf-of-bread face from the cabin-scuttle, announces dinner to his lord and master; who, sitting in the lee quarter-boat, has just been taking an observation of the sun; and is now mutely reckoning the latitude on the smooth, medallion-shaped tablet, reserved for that daily purpose on the upper part of his ivory leg.
Emma, in the meanwhile, could not be satisfied without a dinner at Hartfield for the Eltons.
As she pressed me to stay to dinner, I remained, and I believe we talked about nothing but him all day.
Some diners have wine too upon the table, and in the pauses of thinking what a divine mystery dinner is, they eat.
But, dinner or breakfast, the steward will be welcome, whichever he brings.
He asks me in this note to lead off with dinner at seven if he's not back.
His lame walk was rather slower than usual on this warm day, so Adam lingered behind when the bell rang for dinner, that he might walk up with his old friend; for he was a little too shy to join the Poyser party on this public occasion.