Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One that dines.
  • noun A dining car.
  • noun A small, usually inexpensive restaurant with a long counter and booths and often housed in a building designed to resemble a dining car.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One who dines.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Agent noun of dine; one who dines; one who eats a meal, especially dinner.
  • noun A small and inexpensive type of restaurant which is modelled to resemble a dining car.
  • noun A railroad dining car.

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

  • noun a person eating a meal (especially in a restaurant)
  • noun a restaurant that resembles a dining car
  • noun a passenger car where food is served in transit

Etymologies

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to dine + -er

Examples

  • And my husband and I, who follow all the conventional coffee ideas, have a secret love at least it was secret until now for what we call diner coffee, which you get from diners and cheap restaurants.

    HOME COMFORTS

  • And my husband and I, who follow all the conventional coffee ideas, have a secret love at least it was secret until now for what we call diner coffee, which you get from diners and cheap restaurants.

    HOME COMFORTS

  • And my husband and I, who follow all the conventional coffee ideas, have a secret love at least it was secret until now for what we call diner coffee, which you get from diners and cheap restaurants.

    HOME COMFORTS

  • And my husband and I, who follow all the conventional coffee ideas, have a secret love at least it was secret until now for what we call diner coffee, which you get from diners and cheap restaurants.

    HOME COMFORTS

  • Just beyond the diner is the New Empress movie theater, and on Saturday afternoons you will see a group of kids lined up outside waiting to go in and see a Western, some cartoons, and a chapter in the Buck Rogers weekly serial.

    Excerpt: Welcome To The World, Baby Girl by Fannie Flagg

  • The expansive menu found at the typical American diner is great and all, but only because we all know what is on it (breakfast, sandwiches, burgers, cheap meat).

    Matthew Yglesias » In Praise of Short Menus

  • Check out this retro-cool Twilight Zone bobblehead nicked from the William Shatner "fortune teller in diner" episode. [via Super Punch]

    April 2009

  • Elaine was incensed that a certain diner featured only big-breasted waitresses -- until she discovered that all the women were the owner's daughters.

    TOC: The Mammoth Book of Mindblowing SF edited by Mike Ashley

  • Such behavior might make sense when a diner is willing to put up with a mediocre meal at a crowded chain restaurant to avoid the risk of food poisoning at a quirky neighborhood joint.

    You Can't Be Too Thin

  • The expansive menu found at the typical American diner is great and all, but only because we all know what is on it (breakfast, sandwiches, burgers, cheap meat).

    Matthew Yglesias » In Praise of Short Menus

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