1. the main meal of the day, eaten in the evening or at midday.
  2. a formal meal in honor of some person or occasion.
  3. table d’hôte.


  1. a meal taken in the evening
  2. a meal taken at midday, esp when it is the main meal of the day; lunch
    1. a formal evening meal, as of a club, society, etc
    2. a public banquet in honour of someone or something
  3. a complete meal at a fixed price in a restaurant; table d’hôte
  4. (modifier) of, relating to, or used at dinnerdinner plate; dinner table; dinner hour
  5. do like a dinner (usually passive) Australian informal to do for, overpower, or outdo

c.1300, from Old French disner (11c.), originally “breakfast,” later “lunch,” noun use of infinitive disner (see dine). Always used in English for the main meal of the day; shift from midday to evening began with the fashionable classes. Childish reduplication din-din is attested from 1905.

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