Definition of diner in English:



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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was a social ritual that defined the diner, the restaurant and the city they inhabited.’
    • ‘And I do get a decent bottle of wine and I and a guest diner free for my pains.’
    • ‘How it's done is not the customer's business: the diner wants the ends, not the means.’
    • ‘But spare a thought for diners in a restaurant in China.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘To relieve the anxiety of diners, the restaurant claims to have had the milk providers carefully examined by medical experts.’
    • ‘His restaurant caters for more than 700 customers a day as well as 100 executive diners choosing from a gourmet menu.’
    • ‘An Aussie wine-producing company recently commissioned a poll of restaurant diners about le vin, with some startling results.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Brave restaurant workers and a diner disarmed a customer who pulled out a gun in a dispute over an unpaid bill.’
    • ‘He urged diners to leave a restaurant if they see a ‘businessman’ with his bodyguards enter the place.’
    • ‘At fado restaurants, diners are periodically regaled by heart-rending renditions of these woe-stricken ballads, thus allowing a pause for digestion.’
    • ‘There are always a few diners at the restaurant, but whenever I go, more than 70 per cent of the seats are empty.’
    • ‘He is a frequent diner at Italian restaurants in Portman, Grand Hyatt and St Regis.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A guest diner requires feeding, and the dish prepared normally leads to a solution for said problem.’
    customer, client, frequenter
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  • 2A dining car on a train.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘By hand signals at the windows we tell daughter and son-in-law we are going to the diner.’
    • ‘It also includes a diner, buffet car and lounge.’
    • ‘To get back to the room we have to walk through six cars, the diner, the lounge, and four coaches.’
    • ‘I had dinner in the diner and noticed that the track from about Paso Robles to Salinas is really rough.’
    • ‘Of course after I left the diner I went to the third coach were I was sitting and tried to sleep.’
    • ‘We departed the diner and returned to our sleeper just as the train pulled into Atlanta, on time.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘However, the food in the diner is good as we have found to be generally true on this line.’
    • ‘Those tantalizing domes, diners and lounge cars were just the company's lavish ‘limousine service’ to their proud new resort.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When we were in the diner, you could really feel how bad the tracks were.’
    • ‘With in a few days of resting, reading, and eating small meals in the diner, the train finally pulled into Penn Station around noon.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We boarded and the diner had closed for the evening and the club car was only opened until midnight.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Perhaps one of happiest diversions while traveling by train is a trip to the diner.’
    • ‘After we leave one of the passengers from the back coach comes forward to our coach and inquires where the diner is.’
    1. 2.1North American A small roadside restaurant with a long counter and booths.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The two heroes were sitting at the counter of the local diner.’
      • ‘Even traditional roadside diners were few and far between.’
      • ‘I love eggs Benedict, but have tasted better in countless roadside diners in the States, where the dish is a breakfast staple.’
      • ‘There's nothing better than eating at small, greasy roadside diners and sleeping in fleabag motels to let you know you are still alive.’
      • ‘We walk about six blocks to a restaurant, more like a diner really, and find a booth.’
      • ‘I noticed Steven giving me a sidelong glance once we were seated in our comfortable booths at the diner.’
      • ‘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 walked around for about an hour before settling into a booth at the diner for coffee and chat.’
      • ‘Jenny asked Amanda as she sat at the counter in the diner a week later.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They made a quick stop at a small roadside diner for supper.’
      • ‘One was a huge tomato, styled in the fashion of a ketchup dispenser in a roadside diner.’
      • ‘She smiled as she helped Justin up the high stool behind the metallic counter of the diner.’
      • ‘That day we drove east into the desert along Interstate 40, stopping at a roadside diner to eat.’
      • ‘Before heading home to New York, we stop and eat lunch in a road-side diner.’
      • ‘And all-you-can-eat buffets are as common as roadside diners once were.’
      • ‘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.’