Meaning of dinner in English:


Pronunciation /ˈdɪnə/

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  • 1The main meal of the day, taken either around midday or in the evening.

    ‘what's for dinner?’
    • ‘Brown heard the phone ring during dinner’
    • ‘a candlelit dinner for two’
    • ‘Eric sits next to Beth at the dinner table’
    • ‘This includes luxury coach, motel accommodation, three breakfasts and dinners plus one lunch.’
    • ‘They receive subsidised breakfast, lunch and dinners if they have to work late.’
    • ‘You celebrate cozy dinners and candlelight evenings with family and loved ones.’
    • ‘The zucchini is starting to produce and summer salads are a staple of evening dinners.’
    • ‘She made certain she had the room key and headed for the main building where she could have a late dinner.’
    • ‘The research also puts beyond doubt the notion that the sit-down family Sunday dinner is dying out.’
    • ‘Your mum would have a nice dinner cooked for you.’
    • ‘The holidays bring with them thoughts of carving and serving delicious turkey dinners to your family and friends.’
    • ‘A candlelit dinner at the beachfront restaurant is sure to provide the perfect end to the day.’
    • ‘A delicious dinner was served along the poolside and games were played after that.’
    • ‘When Mason goes out, he treats his friends to a steak dinner at an attractive restaurant.’
    • ‘We've just finished dinner at an Indian restaurant on Pico, not far from my apartment.’
    • ‘Or the bathtub wasn't cleaned, dinner not ready by the time he got home.’
    • ‘"You need to come over for dinner sometime, " she assured him.’
    • ‘"Dad, I think we should invite him over for dinner sometime soon.’
    • ‘I have plans to go into central London tomorrow evening for dinner with friends.’
    • ‘Going out to dinner with friends is fine; everyone needs a study break.’
    • ‘One day after receiving her pay, Chen went for dinner with her friends.’
    • ‘I was going to meet Jimmy for dinner on his last night in town.’
    • ‘I was a bit stuck for what to get for dinner on Monday night.’
    evening meal, supper, main meal, repast
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    1. 1.1A formal evening meal, typically one in honour of a person or event.
      ‘the annual graduation dinner’
      • ‘a dinner in honour of his homecoming’
      • ‘The dining hall is usually reserved for the weekly formal dinners and breakfast buffets.’
      • ‘Our team provides the best quality food to all sizes of events, from corporate dinners to weddings.’
      • ‘Bacon had to carry on with the reception and dinners in his honour.’
      • ‘They have many wine-lectures, gala dinners, special events and occasional offers.’
      • ‘The new branch will be holding a range of social events including a special dinner.’
      • ‘After a formal dinner including haggis the mayor talked about his hopes for the town.’
      • ‘Some conferences have scheduled social events or dinners one of the nights of the conference.’
      • ‘Fashion people love to celebrate though, so we often have to go to these dinners or events.’
      • ‘The idea of holding a series of dinners, similar to the first event, was agreed upon.’
      • ‘In other words, he was responsible for formal receptions - known as levees - and dinners.’
      • ‘They do fund-raising dinners, put their names to all sorts of events and this month have done a couple of books.’
      • ‘She met country women who could cope with high society dinners and also help on the farm and feed shearers.’
      • ‘At dinners given by Napoleon III the most honoured guests had aluminium cutlery; the others got gold or silver.’
      • ‘The function is the annual fundraising gala dinner and dance that took off with great success last year.’
      • ‘Kaylee's mother has organised a fund-raising gala dinner at the end of the month for the organ donor campaign.’
      • ‘Over 100 people attended its celebratory dinner held on Thursday.’
      • ‘He was speaking at a fundraising dinner dance for the Dominican Convent school for girls at Savoy Hotel in Ndola.’
      • ‘On Monday April 2, Amor Restaurant held its 7th anniversary charity dinner, which was a roaring success.’
      • ‘The magnificent surroundings of Ripon Cathedral will form the backdrop to a black-tie gourmet dinner in September for 220 guests.’
      • ‘But Grace looked like a goddess for Judy's engagement dinner on Friday night.’
      evening meal, supper, main meal, repast
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    done like dinner
    Australian, New Zealand, Canadian informal
    • Utterly defeated or outwitted.

      • ‘If Prime Minist er Chretien called a snap election during that period, Mr. Morrison warned, the UA could be ‘done like dinner.’’
      • ‘We shouldn't be going to court to get done like a dinner,’ she said.’
      • ‘No authority up front, line-outs a continuing disaster, done like a dinner at the breakdowns, no energy, no spark, no cohesion, no composure… no bloody team.’
      • ‘That was a speech made by the Minister of Justice - maybe for just a few days more - who was done like a dinner on Morning Report this morning by the Leader of the Opposition.’
    more — than someone has had hot dinners
    British informal
    • Used to emphasize someone's wide experience of a specified activity or phenomenon.

      • ‘he's seen more battles than you've had hot dinners’
      • ‘‘They've put out more leaflets than you've had hot dinners,’ she says.’
      • ‘They've driven through the place more times than you've had hot dinners and no amount of redirection is going to stop them.’
      • ‘Kid, I've travelled this road more times than you've had hot dinners.’


Middle English from Old French disner (infinitive used as a noun: see dine).