Definition of dinner in English:



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

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


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