What does Dinner mean?

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ˈdɪn ərDin·ner

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dinner(noun)

    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"

  2. dinner, dinner party(noun)

    a party of people assembled to have dinner together

    "guests should never be late to a dinner party"


  1. dinner(Noun)

    The main meal of the day, often eaten in the evening.

    Etymology: From disner, from dis- + ieiuno.

  2. dinner(Noun)

    An evening meal.

    Etymology: From disner, from dis- + ieiuno.

  3. dinner(Noun)

    A midday meal .

    Etymology: From disner, from dis- + ieiuno.

  4. dinner(Noun)

    A meal given to an animal.

    Give the dog its dinner.

    Etymology: From disner, from dis- + ieiuno.

  5. dinner(Noun)

    A formal meal for many people eaten for a special occasion.

    Etymology: From disner, from dis- + ieiuno.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dinner(noun)

    the principal meal of the day, eaten by most people about midday, but by many (especially in cities) at a later hour

    Etymology: [F. dner, fr. dner to dine. See Dine.]

  2. Dinner(noun)

    an entertainment; a feast

    Etymology: [F. dner, fr. dner to dine. See Dine.]


  1. Dinner

    Dinner is a word used with different, overlapping meanings; it is often the name given to the main meal of the day, or sometimes to the noon, early afternoon or evening meal, regardless of its relative size. Depending upon culture, dinner may actually be the first, second, third or fourth meal of the day. Historically, it referred to the first meal of the day, eaten around noon, and is still occasionally used for a noontime meal, if it is a large or main meal; the meaning as the evening meal is becoming increasingly common in the English-speaking world.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Dinner

    din′ėr, n. the chief meal of the day: a feast.—ns. Dinnerette′, a little dinner; Dinn′er-hour.—adj. Dinn′erless.—ns. Dinn′er-tā′ble; Dinn′er-time; Dinn′er-wag′on, a set of light movable shelves for a dining-room. [O. Fr. disner, prop. breakfast. See Dine.]

Editors Contribution

  1. dinner

    A moderate amount of food.

    Dinner for our family is a moderate amount of food.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 28, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Dinner' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1862

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Dinner' in Written Corpus Frequency: #843

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Dinner' in Nouns Frequency: #702

How to pronounce Dinner?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Dinner in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Dinner in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of Dinner in a Sentence

  1. Mariza Snyder:

    Abdullah — who now weighs less than she did pre-pregnancy — tries to reach for spices when preparing each meal of the day. For example, she mixes cinnamon into her breakfast smoothies to manage insulin levels and keep blood sugar low, and sprinkles nuts with red chili powder, which increases metabolism, as well as salt, pepper and cumin. For a quick dinner, she marinates chicken overnight with cumin, ginger, garlic, jalapenos, smoked paprika and coriander. She referenced her cauliflower, pea and carrot medley with turmeric, which reduces inflammation. Experts say spices can be beneficial for weight loss, but an active lifestyle and eating well overall are key. Dr. Mariza Snyder, author of The Matcha Miracle, said exercising, avoiding processed foods, and opting for a plant-based diet when possible is crucial. Today, in addition to adding spices to Mariza Snyder food, Abdullah works out about twice a week. Mariza Snyder’s energetic and confident, and no longer feels deprived. Plus, Mariza Snyder weight is at an all-time low for Mariza Snyder adult life. My life has changed because I seek out more active things to do now.

  2. Marie Divine:

    Am I going to have dinner tonight or am I going to get home on the Metro ? That's really what it comes down to.

  3. Clive Palmer:

    It's all very well for people to shake their head, but they're not locked up on Christmas Island, they're not behind bars, their children are not missing out on a decent Christmas dinner.

  4. Angela Carter:

    The bed is now as public as the dinner table and governed by the same rules of formal confrontation.

  5. James Comey:

    I think anyone who is serving officer in the government, and you're asked by the President for dinner, I think it is professional courtesy, you're in a difficult position if you refuse to go, but I do know he was uneasy with it.

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