Definition of dinner in English:



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

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