- Dinner is defined as the largest meal of the day, often eaten in the evening after you have already had breakfast and lunch.
An example of dinner is when you go out to a restaurant at 7:00 PM and eat a meal.
A group of friends having dinner together.
dinner definition by Webster's New World
- the main meal of the day, whether eaten in the evening or about noon
- a banquet in honor of some person or event
- a complete meal at a set price with no course omitted; table d'hôte
Origin: Middle English diner ; from Old French disner, infinitive used as noun : see dine
dinner definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. The chief meal of the day, eaten in the evening or at midday.b. A banquet or formal meal in honor of a person or event.c. The food prepared for either of these meals.
- A full-course meal served at a fixed price; table d'hôte.
Origin: Middle English diner, morning meal, from Old French disner, diner, to dine, morning meal; see dine.Word History: Eating foods such as pizza and ice cream for breakfast may be justified etymologically. In Middle English dinner meant “breakfast,” as did the Old French word disner, or diner, which was the source of our word. The Old French word came from the Vulgar Latin word *disiūnāre, meaning “to break one's fast; that is, to eat one's first meal,” a notion also contained in our word breakfast. The Vulgar Latin word was derived from an earlier word, *disiēiūnāre, the Latin elements of which are dis-, denoting reversal, and iēiūnium, “fast.” Middle English diner not only meant “breakfast” but, echoing usage of the Old French word diner, more commonly meant “the first big meal of the day, usually eaten between 9 A.M. and noon.” Customs change, however, and over the years we have let the chief meal become the last meal of the day, by which time we have broken our fast more than once.