Definitions

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

  • n. The time during which dinner is normally eaten.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The time when dinner takes place.
  • n. The time when dinner is ready.
  • n. The mid-day break in English schools (some areas), lunchtime.
  • n. dinner hour, the hour between 18h00 and 19h00

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the time when people eat dinner, usually the time for the evening meal.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The usual time of dining; the dinner-hour. See dinner.

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

  • n. the customary or habitual hour for the evening meal

Etymologies

dinner +‎ time (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • ( "dinnertime" --- from 6: 30 to 8: 30) the public could dip in and out of the Painted Bride (a well-known Philly performance venue) and watch slow-moving, clay-slip covered women occasionally break off small pieces of clay from a sumptuous banquet table of slip-cast, but unglazed and unfired, clay fruits and vegetables.

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  • Mr. Coulter's older brother, John Coulter, recalled a dinnertime debate when Ms. Coulter was 8 and the family argued over whether states should help pay for private education.

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  • Everything (but the bread, which had to toast a la minute) was prepped and ready to go come dinnertime, meaning that all I had to do was boil water, chop some veggies and throw together a basic saute - 20 minutes.

    Mommy's Meal

  • And the dynamite planted outside the church that took the lives of the four girls, whose names she was instructed to remember in prayer at dinnertime.

    All things reconsidered: NPR's Michele Norris tells her family's complete story

  • There are endless careful details — a 45-foot zinc bar, a Parisian metro clock — a lovely rooftop garden designed by Seattle Urban Farm, and a menu from chef Shannon Galusha that fits a big niche of dinnertime cravings, from a French rotisserie (with chickens specially raised for Bastille by an Eastside farm) to a takeout window for felafel.

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  • You could, in theory, come home from work, slice off a hunk of dough, and have fresh-baked bread by dinnertime.

    No-Knead Bread to Yes-Knead Bread

  • Step by step, they destroyed respect (which lasts to this very day) for things like Victorian architecture, clothing, the rituals of dinnertime at the table, and the way business was conducted.

    Modest Active Wear

  • The train was travelling at the perfect speed for us to get a simple snap-shot glimpse through lit up windows of the interior of houses at night, particularly dinnertime.

    All Aboard! – Departing Saigon, Vietnam

  • Yesterday I was unfortunately at Dr Disney's at dinnertime and so did not see home untill I left the Office at 6 in the evening and then by the time I can swallow a cup of tea it is nearly seven, and consequently too late to post a word to you as I wishd.

    Letter 95

  • Still others ponder and quietly whisper a few words under their breath while washing their hands at dinnertime.

    Alexandra Holzer: Rich or Famous, Dead or Alive... Nothing Is Perfect

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