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Etymology Edit

From Middle English dyner, from Old French disner (lunch”, but originally “breakfast), (modern French dîner), from Vulgar Latin *disiūnō, *disiūnāre from Latin dis- + iēiūnō (to break the fast). Doublet of diner.

Pronunciation Edit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈdɪnə/
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  • (US) enPR: dĭnʹər, IPA(key): /ˈdɪnəɹ/, [ˈdɪnɚ]
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  • Rhymes: -ɪnə(ɹ)
  • Hyphenation: din‧ner

Noun Edit

dinner (countable and uncountable, plural dinners)

  1. A midday meal (in a context in which the evening meal is called supper or tea).
    • 1892, Walter Besant, “In the Office”, in The Ivory Gate [], New York, N.Y.: Harper & Brothers, [], →OCLC, page 45:
      At twilight in the summer [] the mice come out. They [] eat the luncheon crumbs. Mr. Checkley, for instance, always brought his dinner in a paper parcel in his coat-tail pocket, and ate it when so disposed, sprinkling crumbs lavishly [] on the floor.
    • 1919, Elisabeth P. Stork (translator), Heidi, Johanna Spyri[1]:
      It was already late for school, so the boy took his time and only arrived in the village when Heidi came home for dinner. [] "Come to the table now and eat with us. Then you can go up with Heidi, and when you bring her back at night, you can get your supper here."
  2. The main meal of the day, often eaten in the evening.
  3. An evening meal.
    I had some friends to dinner two nights ago.
  4. A meal given to an animal.
    Give the dog its dinner.
  5. A formal meal for many people eaten for a special occasion.
  6. (uncountable) The food provided or consumed at any such meal.

Usage notes Edit

  • There are differences in usage according to the social class of the speaker. Working-class and lower-middle-class speakers in Britain, for example, are more likely to refer to the midday meal as "dinner" and the evening meal as "tea" rather than "supper". Some speakers use common collocations of dinner such as school dinner, Sunday dinner and Christmas dinner to describe meals that they wouldn't otherwise call a dinner.

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  • Cantonese: dinner
  • German: Dinner
  • Hausa: dina
  • Japanese: ディナー (dinā)
  • Maori: tina
  • Swazi: lidina
  • Unami: ntìnël
  • Xhosa: idinala

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Verb Edit

dinner (third-person singular simple present dinners, present participle dinnering, simple past and past participle dinnered)

  1. (intransitive) To eat a dinner; to dine.
    • 2014, Caroline Akervik, chapter 6, in White Pine[2], White Bear Lake, MN: Melange Books, page 57:
      Once I was geared up, I joined him on the wide, flat seat of the sled which was loaded up with hot food for the jacks who were dinnering out since they worked a forty far from the camp.
  2. (transitive) To provide (someone) with a dinner; to dine.
    • 1887, Caroline Emily Cameron, A Devout Lover, London: F.V. White & Co., Volume 1, Chapter 11, p. 181,[3]
      She had taken her about to concerts and exhibitions—she had dinnered her at the Colonies, and suppered her at the New Club.
    • 2004, Colm Tóibín, chapter 2, in The Master[4], New York: Scribner, page 26:
      ‘The Irish were awful anyway,’ Lady Wolseley said, ‘and their not attending the season should be greeted with relief. The dreary matrons dragging their dreary daughters about the place and dinnering up every possible partner for them. The truth is that no one wants to marry their daughters, no one at all.’

Synonyms Edit

  • (eat a dinner): dine (formal)

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From English dinner.

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Noun Edit

dinner

  1. (Hong Kong Cantonese) dinner (evening meal; formal meal at special occasion) (Classifier: c;  c)

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