One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A small room or part of a room used for eating meals.
- ‘Steps from the conservatory lead to a dinette which also has tiled floors and doors leading to the rear garden and patio.’
- ‘The dinette is along the starboard side and also converts to a berth.’
- ‘A typical layout includes a dinette aft and to port that converts to a small double berth, a settee on the opposite side of the cabin from the dinette and a galley forward of the dinette.’
- ‘The cabin layout is typical of this style boat and features a V-berth forward followed by a U-shaped dinette.’
- ‘We were all ready in the dinette, waiting for the ambulance.’
- ‘Bethany, age 11, got up and rolled her bedding from the dinette and put it away, and prepared our small galley for me to make breakfast.’
- ‘The crew would not let me go beyond the dinette since I was a lowly coach passenger.’
- ‘The layout includes a V-berth cabin forward followed by the main saloon with a settee to port and convertible U-shaped dinette to starboard.’
- ‘With the two-cabin arrangement the galley is located to the port side aft of the dinette and there is a settee and navigation station to the starboard side of the saloon.’
- ‘This was followed by their cutting off the two engines along with the dinette and the café car.’
- ‘Further aft the main saloon has an L-shaped dinette to port and settee to starboard followed by a good-sized galley to port and navigation station to starboard.’
- ‘Forward of the dinette is the lower helm and starboard companionway.’
- 1.1North American A set of table and chairs for a dining area.
- ‘The dinette transforms into a 7’ double bed athwartship with lots of space above it for gymnastics.’
- ‘Wylie followed him into the kitchen and sat at the dinette while Lester cut two slices.’
- ‘Sensing it was time to begin, Henry rose from the couch and returned with a chair from the dinette.’
- ‘Opposite the galley is an L-shaped dinette that comfortably seats four adults.’
- ‘For the first five years the standard layout consisted of opposing settees forward with a drop-leaf table between which formed a dinette or double berth.’
- ‘Instead of using interior walls to define functions, he preserved the flow of natural light by dropping the ceiling over the kitchen and built-in dinette.’
- ‘‘Towards a better future,’ the magazine proclaimed, as it pictured the hostess sets, lawn chairs, and dinettes the representatives could earn as sales premiums.’
- ‘Then I'd see her, hunched over the dinette in the orange dawn, slowly pulling the string to raise the bottled sails before slipping the obit inside, heavy cork sealing all with a hollow thump.’
- ‘The main cabin features a starboard side settee with small pedestal table that can be used as a dinette or converted to a small berth.’
- ‘Sometimes I even bring flowers for the dinette.’
- ‘Forward in the cabin there is a U-shaped dinette that seats four.’
- ‘‘No I haven't,’ she admitted while settling at the small dinette.’
- ‘Opposite the galley is an asymmetrical dinette which seats three comfortably and four in a pinch.’
- ‘The room holds two beds, two dressers, a chrome dinette and four chairs.’
1930s: formed irregularly from dine + -ette.
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