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dinner

Line breaks: din¦ner
Pronunciation: /ˈdɪnə
 
/

Definition of dinner in English:

noun

1The main meal of the day, taken either around midday or in the evening.
Example sentences
  • 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 honour of a person or event.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

Phrases

done like (a) dinner

1
Australian /NZ & Canadian informal Utterly defeated or outwitted.
Example sentences
  • If Prime Minist er Chretien called a snap election during that period, Mr. Morrison warned, the UA could be ‘done like dinner.’
  • We shouldn't be going to court to get done like a dinner,’ she said.
  • No authority up front, line-outs a continuing disaster, done like a dinner at the breakdowns, no energy, no spark, no cohesion, no composure… no bloody team.

more —— than someone has had hot dinners

2
British informal Used to emphasize someone’s wide experience of a specified activity or phenomenon: he’s seen more battles than you’ve had hot dinners
More example sentences
  • ‘They've put out more leaflets than you've had hot dinners,’ she says.
  • They've driven through the place more times than you've had hot dinners and no amount of redirection is going to stop them.
  • Kid, I've travelled this road more times than you've had hot dinners.

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