What does dinner mean?

Definitions for dinner
ˈdɪn ərdin·ner

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word dinner.

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"

Wiktionary

  1. dinnernoun

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

    Etymology: From disner, from dis- + ieiuno.

  2. dinnernoun

    An evening meal.

    Etymology: From disner, from dis- + ieiuno.

  3. dinnernoun

    A midday meal .

    Etymology: From disner, from dis- + ieiuno.

  4. dinnernoun

    A meal given to an animal.

    Give the dog its dinner.

    Etymology: From disner, from dis- + ieiuno.

  5. dinnernoun

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

    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

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

  2. Dinnernoun

    an entertainment; a feast

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

Freebase

  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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    Karen
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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. Jerry Brown:

    We're not finger-pointing here. We're all in the same boat. Everyone loves California -- I certainly do. I want to see California thrive. I want to see healthy forests and I want to go and have a steak dinner when the governor retires.

  2. Jeff Goldstein:

    After dinner’s done and the kids are asleep, it’s massage time, i’m seriously considering launching a massage business: Nannies Who Massage.

  3. Emily Post:

    Make sure that you emphasize that the time you're going to be spending together is time that you're looking forward to, because this can look like you don't want to spend that much time with them, start out by saying' we are so looking forward to spending the holiday with you, coming over for dinner,' whatever it is that you guys are going to be doing together, really emphasize how thrilled you are to be doing that.

  4. Meph Jia Gui:

    In the long run, the removal of such a 'free licensing dinner' will force them to invest more in patent research.

  5. Linda Fein:

    At that price point, I figured there might be some courtesy to the buyer, i just can’t make Thanksgiving dinner on counters where a porn star has been lounging around.

Images & Illustrations of dinner

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