Definitions

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

  • n. The chief meal of the day, eaten in the evening or at midday.
  • n. A banquet or formal meal in honor of a person or event.
  • n. The food prepared for either of these meals.
  • n. A full-course meal served at a fixed price; table d'hôte.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The main meal of the day, often eaten in the evening.
  • n. An evening meal.
  • n. A midday meal (in a context in which the evening meal is called supper or tea).
  • n. A meal given to an animal.
  • n. A formal meal for many people eaten for a special occasion.
  • n. The food provided or consumed at any such meal.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The principal meal of the day, eaten in some countries about midday, but in others (especially in the U. S. and in large cities) at a later hour.
  • n. An entertainment; a feast.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The principal meal of the day, taken at midday or later, even in the evening.
  • n. An entertainment; a feast; a dinner-party.
  • To take dinner; dine.

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

  • n. a party of people assembled to have dinner together
  • n. the main meal of the day served in the evening or at midday

Etymologies

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

Middle English diner, morning meal, from Old French disner, diner, to dine, morning meal; see dine.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old French disner ("lunch”, but originally “breakfast"), from Latin dis- + iēiūnō ("to break the fast").

Examples

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  • One evening, after that meal which the Otchkinsons, observing a finer distinction than the Ramerils, called dinner when they had company, but supper when they were alone... - ''Yashima, or, The Gorgeous West'' by R T Sherwood, 1931.

    December 24, 2008