Definition of diner in US English:



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

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

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