What does dinner mean?

Definitions for dinner
ˈdɪn ərdin·ner

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dinnernoun

    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 partynoun

    a party of people assembled to have dinner together

    "guests should never be late to a dinner party"


  1. dinnernoun

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

  2. dinnernoun

    An evening meal.

  3. dinnernoun

    A midday meal .

  4. dinnernoun

    A meal given to an animal.

    Give the dog its dinner.

  5. dinnernoun

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

  6. Etymology: From disner, from dis- + ieiuno.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dinnernoun

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

  2. Dinnernoun

    an entertainment; a feast

  3. 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  

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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

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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. Karl Marx:

    In communist society, where nobody has one exclusive sphere of activity but each can become accomplished in any branch he wishes, society regulates the general production and thus makes it possible for me to do one thing today and another tomorrow, to hunt in the morning, fish in the afternoon, rear cattle in the evening, criticize after dinner, just as I have a mind, without ever becoming hunter, fisherman, shepherd or critic.

  2. Vivek Ramaswamy:

    These are the unelected class leaders that ultimately, I think, are using the bureaucratic power to supplant the will of everyday – not only Americans but Canadians and Western Europeans too – and that's why we're seeing a fusion of both the left and the right here saying that, ‘Actually we want our voices heard. We want to be able to speak without fear of putting food on the dinner table,’.

  3. Jill Castle:

    If a child doesn't eat his dinner and is hungry later, you can say,' we don't have snack at this time. ... We have breakfast tomorrow morning,'.

  4. Jacksonville Jaguars:

    Jacksonville Jaguars coach Doug Marrone tried to take full advantage of the unique opportunity, sitting at the dinner table and stirring up conversations with Jacksonville Jaguars coach Doug Marrone family on a regular basis. This is a time that I feel like I can make up for maybe some of the things I feel guilty about.

  5. Jeffrey Cole:

    I think Bob Iger has seen dinner and a movie become Netflix and Uber Eats, disney is fully committed to streaming because they think that streaming is going to be at the core of the whole company going forward.

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