Definition of rehearsal dinner in English:

rehearsal dinner

noun

North American
  • A dinner for the participants in a wedding ceremony and the families of the couple who are getting married, typically held after a rehearsal of the ceremony on the night before the wedding itself.

    ‘the guests who had arrived already were invited to attend the rehearsal dinner’
    • ‘Is the pastor's wife invited to the rehearsal dinner?’
    • ‘"No need to stand upon ceremony now that you're going to be part of the family," she'd told him last night at the rehearsal dinner.’
    • ‘I have a dress for the ladies luncheon, another one for the rehearsal dinner, and another one for the brunch the day after.’
    • ‘Reduce your wedding party to three each and you'll cut the costs of thank-you gifts, bouquets and plates at the rehearsal dinner.’
    • ‘They spent the next three hours in Lizzie's bedroom, preparing for the rehearsal dinner.’
    • ‘Our rehearsal dinner was at a Japanese steakhouse, where everyone sat around and enjoyed the cooking and eating.’
    • ‘The rehearsal dinner was held at one of the city's finest Indian restaurants.’
    • ‘All of the hard work for the day was rewarded with a rehearsal dinner at one of the local five-star restaurants and then pseudo-bachelor and bachelorette parties.’
    • ‘Later that night was the rehearsal dinner ... where we met all the relations.’
    • ‘And for this particular wedding, I pulled out all the stops, officially beginning my crying at the rehearsal dinner.’
    • ‘On Friday before the rehearsal dinner some of the gals met up for pedicures and/or manicures in Laurel.’