Definition of dinner in English:


Syllabification: din·ner
Pronunciation: /ˈdinər


  • 1The main meal of the day, taken either around midday or in the evening.
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    • This includes luxury coach, motel accommodation, three breakfasts and dinners plus one lunch.
    • They receive subsidised breakfast, lunch and dinners if they have to work late.
    • You celebrate cozy dinners and candlelight evenings with family and loved ones.
  • 1.1A formal evening meal, typically one in honor of a person or event.
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    • The dining hall is usually reserved for the weekly formal dinners and breakfast buffets.
    • Our team provides the best quality food to all sizes of events, from corporate dinners to weddings.
    • Bacon had to carry on with the reception and dinners in his honour.


Middle English: from Old French disner (infinitive used as a noun: see dine).

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