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Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: diner, from diner 'to eat'; DINE

dinner

noun
     
Related topics: Food
din‧ner S1 W2
1 [uncountable and countable]DF the main meal of the day, eaten in the middle of the day or the evening
to dinner
Perhaps we should invite them to dinner.
for dinner
We're having fish for dinner tonight.
What time do you usually have dinner?
We eat dinner at about seven.
a three course dinner
school dinners British English (=meals provided in the middle of the day at school)
dinner money British English (=money children are given to pay for their meal at school)
Sunday/Christmas/Thanksgiving dinner (=a special meal eaten on Sunday, at Christmas, at Thanksgiving etc)
dinner guests
2 [countable]DF a formal occasion when an evening meal is eaten, often to celebrate something:
the Club's annual dinner

➔ dog's dinner

at dog1 (9)

; ➔ more something than you've had hot dinners

at hot1 (30), TV dinner
WORD CHOICE: WORD CHOICE:

dinner, supper, tea, lunch
In Britain, the main meal of the day is dinner and it is usually eaten in the evening. Some people call this meal supper, but to others supper is a very small meal that is eaten just before they go to bed. Some people call this main evening meal tea, but to others tea is a small meal that is eaten in the afternoon. Some people use dinner to refer to the meal they eat in the middle of the day, but if you want to be clear that you are referring to this meal, use lunch.
WORD FOCUS: meal WORD FOCUS: meal
meals at different times of day: breakfast, brunch, lunch, tea British English, dinner, supper

a meal outside: picnic, barbecue also barbie informal, cookout American English

when you quickly eat a little food : snack, a bite to eat

a very big meal for a lot of people: banquet, feast

parts of a meal: starter British English, appetizer American English (the first course)
main course
/entree especially AmE, side dish (eaten with the main course)
dessert
also pudding sweet British English (sweet food eaten at the end of the meal)


See also
meal

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