Definition of diner in English:



  • 1A person who is eating, typically a customer in a restaurant.

    • ‘Traditional home cooking with a twist seems to be the theme, with plenty of fresh, organic ingredients, a selection of vegetarian wines, and options for vegan diners.’
    • ‘His restaurant caters for more than 700 customers a day as well as 100 executive diners choosing from a gourmet menu.’
    • ‘How it's done is not the customer's business: the diner wants the ends, not the means.’
    • ‘Service was swift and efficient, possibly because we were the only diners in the restaurant, and our bill for five came to around 25 leva.’
    • ‘It was a social ritual that defined the diner, the restaurant and the city they inhabited.’
    • ‘He is a frequent diner at Italian restaurants in Portman, Grand Hyatt and St Regis.’
    • ‘A guest diner requires feeding, and the dish prepared normally leads to a solution for said problem.’
    • ‘Amid the chatter of diners in Lakeland's restaurants and hotels, observant customers may have noticed the prevalence of Eastern European accents ringing out among the staff.’
    • ‘At fado restaurants, diners are periodically regaled by heart-rending renditions of these woe-stricken ballads, thus allowing a pause for digestion.’
    • ‘And I do get a decent bottle of wine and I and a guest diner free for my pains.’
    • ‘To relieve the anxiety of diners, the restaurant claims to have had the milk providers carefully examined by medical experts.’
    • ‘The night of our visit, few diners came into the restaurant and light jazz music relaxed everyone while shielding us from the outside heat and noise.’
    • ‘An Aussie wine-producing company recently commissioned a poll of restaurant diners about le vin, with some startling results.’
    • ‘If about 90 per cent of diners return to a restaurant after once trying its fare, should we believe that it is a good one?’
    • ‘Brave restaurant workers and a diner disarmed a customer who pulled out a gun in a dispute over an unpaid bill.’
    • ‘Needless to say, a television set with the volume turned down low, was the central piece in the restaurant, to allow diners to watch World Cup cricket as they savoured the food.’
    • ‘During the trial business period, diners to the restaurant can enjoy a 32 per cent discount for lunch and a 22 per cent discount for supper.’
    • ‘He urged diners to leave a restaurant if they see a ‘businessman’ with his bodyguards enter the place.’
    • ‘But spare a thought for diners in a restaurant in China.’
    • ‘There are always a few diners at the restaurant, but whenever I go, more than 70 per cent of the seats are empty.’
    customer, client, frequenter
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  • 2A dining car on a train.

    • ‘Of course after I left the diner I went to the third coach were I was sitting and tried to sleep.’
    • ‘I had dinner in the diner and noticed that the track from about Paso Robles to Salinas is really rough.’
    • ‘We boarded and the diner had closed for the evening and the club car was only opened until midnight.’
    • ‘To get back to the room we have to walk through six cars, the diner, the lounge, and four coaches.’
    • ‘After we leave one of the passengers from the back coach comes forward to our coach and inquires where the diner is.’
    • ‘They have it in the refrigerator and the owner can get it in the diner or by asking a crew member.’
    • ‘The diner had begun serving New York passengers before Albany, so some had already eaten.’
    • ‘We learned that our coach was equidistant between two diners, and our half of the coach would be using the one in the rear of the train.’
    • ‘It also includes a diner, buffet car and lounge.’
    • ‘Most of the day was spent there, or in the diner, or on the first level of the lounge car for a change of internal scenery.’
    • ‘By hand signals at the windows we tell daughter and son-in-law we are going to the diner.’
    • ‘Perhaps one of happiest diversions while traveling by train is a trip to the diner.’
    • ‘With in a few days of resting, reading, and eating small meals in the diner, the train finally pulled into Penn Station around noon.’
    • ‘We departed the diner and returned to our sleeper just as the train pulled into Atlanta, on time.’
    • ‘Those tantalizing domes, diners and lounge cars were just the company's lavish ‘limousine service’ to their proud new resort.’
    • ‘However, the food in the diner is good as we have found to be generally true on this line.’
    • ‘When we were in the diner, you could really feel how bad the tracks were.’
    • ‘The nurse will be happy to watch the babies while Mom and Dad head for the lounge car or the dome car or the diner, to take in the scenery and watch a movie.’
    • ‘They took the first class passengers to the diner for their meal since the train would be late.’
    • ‘I had to walk through the lounge car, and then the diner to get to the sleepers.’
    1. 2.1North American A small roadside restaurant with a long counter and booths.
      • ‘In the old days, when wine was as foreign as foie gras to many American diners, maybe restaurateurs felt they could slip those high prices by the embarrassed customer.’
      • ‘One was a huge tomato, styled in the fashion of a ketchup dispenser in a roadside diner.’
      • ‘You can almost feel the characters ache as they drive through the heat of the desert, stopping for cigarettes and supper at a roadside diner.’
      • ‘I noticed Steven giving me a sidelong glance once we were seated in our comfortable booths at the diner.’
      • ‘We walk about six blocks to a restaurant, more like a diner really, and find a booth.’
      • ‘And all-you-can-eat buffets are as common as roadside diners once were.’
      • ‘They walked around for about an hour before settling into a booth at the diner for coffee and chat.’
      • ‘I love eggs Benedict, but have tasted better in countless roadside diners in the States, where the dish is a breakfast staple.’
      • ‘Even traditional roadside diners were few and far between.’
      • ‘She smiled as she helped Justin up the high stool behind the metallic counter of the diner.’
      • ‘Before heading home to New York, we stop and eat lunch in a road-side diner.’
      • ‘It could've been the coffee he had at a roadside diner or the way he opened the windshield of the car and the scenery and sunshine just washed over him.’
      • ‘You squint a little at the sickly yellow light of a roadside diner, and rub your fingers against each other, thinking you can feel menu grease on them.’
      • ‘Now I don't say that everything the US does is better than us Brits, but when it comes to roadside diners, they lead the way.’
      • ‘They made a quick stop at a small roadside diner for supper.’
      • ‘To the left and all the way to the back of the diner there were booths with fake silver lining and a small jukebox on every table.’
      • ‘That day we drove east into the desert along Interstate 40, stopping at a roadside diner to eat.’
      • ‘There's nothing better than eating at small, greasy roadside diners and sleeping in fleabag motels to let you know you are still alive.’
      • ‘The two heroes were sitting at the counter of the local diner.’
      • ‘Jenny asked Amanda as she sat at the counter in the diner a week later.’