Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A nook or alcove located in or near a kitchen and used for informal meals.
  • n. The table and chairs used to furnish such an area.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small space within a dwelling, usually alongside a kitchen, used for informal dining; a dining alcove or nook.
  • n. Furniture for an indoor informal dining space, usually consisting of chairs and a small table.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A sort of preliminary dinner; a luncheon. See extract under dinner-hour.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a small area off of a kitchen that is used for dining

Etymologies

dine + -ette.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • That time the young soldier wanted to know if a case under the dinette was a camera.

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  • The only space for it is under the dinette, which is obviously not ideal, but because it's covered, it's tolerable.

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  • The only window is in the dining room (aptly called dinette).

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  • One area had an attached "dinette", where one family each week could dine on a (properly set) table with china dishes.

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  • It also slept three comfortably—two in the master bed at the rear, and one at the dinette opposite the kitchen that turned into a bed.

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  • As if changing the shelves that dishes go on will make the kitchen dinette less hard to sit in and drink a cup of coffee.

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  • Houlihan Lawrence A dinette area overlooks a stone patio and the backyard.

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  • Drew Carey is giving away dinette sets on the "Price is Right" now, Christa Miller is the most reasonable mom on "Cougartown," and Craig Ferguson is the prematurely crazy grandfather of late night.

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  • I bucked her off and the bitch crashed into a battered dinette.

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  • We enter the kitchen where Connie is sitting at a chrome dinette spotted with greasy globs, the cat tucked under her arm.

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