What does dinner mean?

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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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Dinnernoun

    The chief meal; the meal eaten about the middle of the day.

    Etymology: diner, French.

    Let me not stay a jot for dinner:
    Go, get it ready. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    Before dinner and supper, as often as it is convenient, or can be had, let the publick prayers of the church, or some parts of them, be said publickly in the family. Taylor.

    The jolly crew, unmindful of the past,
    The quarry share, their plenteous dinner haste. John Dryden, Æn.

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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  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. Sherri Kimes:

    People still want to go out for dinner, but uneasiness with the safety of going out and restrictions on party size will still make virtual dining popular.

  2. Aziz Ansari:

    In September of last year, I met a woman at a party. Aziz Ansari exchanged numbers. Aziz Ansari texted back and forth and eventually went on a date. Aziz Ansari went out to dinner, and afterwards Aziz Ansari ended up engaging in sexual activity, which by all indications was completely consensual, the next day, I got a text from her saying that although' it may have seemed okay,' upon further reflection, she felt uncomfortable. It was true that everything did seem okay to me, so when I heard that it was not the case for her, I was surprised and concerned. I took her words to heart and responded privately after taking the time to process what she had said. I continue to support the movement that is happening in our culture. It is necessary and long overdue.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Mikaela Straus:

    We had dinner and started hanging out a bit and talking about music, you get to meetings and it feels super sterile most of the time, and it was just really nice to talk with somebody who produced some of my favorite records and is just a super fan of music in general.

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