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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

DINNER, n. [See Dine.]
1. The meal taken about the middle of the day; or the principal meal of the day, eaten between noon and evening.
2. An entertainment; a feast.
Behold, I have prepared my dinner. Matthew 22.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: the main meal of the day served in the evening or at midday; "dinner will be at 8"; "on Sundays they had a large dinner when they returned from church"
2: a party of people assembled to have dinner together; "guests should never be late to a dinner party" [syn: dinner, dinner party]

Merriam Webster's

noun Usage: often attributive Etymology: Middle English diner, from Anglo-French disner, diner meal, from disner to dine Date: 13th century 1. a. the principal meal of the day b. a formal feast or banquet 2. table d'hote 2 3. the food prepared for a dinner <eat your dinner> 4. a packaged meal usually for quick preparation <warmed up a frozen dinner> dinnerless adjective

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 the main meal of the day, taken either at midday or in the evening. 2 a formal evening meal, often in honour of a person or event. Phrases and idioms: dinner-dance a formal dinner followed by dancing. dinner-jacket a man's short usu. black formal jacket for evening wear. dinner lady a woman who supervises children's lunch in a school. dinner service a set of usu. matching crockery for serving a meal. Etymology: ME f. OF diner, disner: see DINE

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Dinner Din"ner, n. [F. d[^i]ner, fr. d[^i]ner to dine. See Dine.] 1. The principal meal of the day, eaten by most people about midday, but by many (especially in cities) at a later hour. 2. An entertainment; a feast. A grand political dinner. --Tennyson. Note: Dinner is much used, in an obvious sense, either adjectively or as the first part of a compound; as, dinner time, or dinner-time, dinner bell, dinner hour, etc.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(dinners) Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English. 1. Dinner is the main meal of the day, usually served in the early part of the evening. She invited us to her house for dinner... Would you like to stay and have dinner?... N-VAR see also TV dinner 2. Any meal you eat in the middle of the day can be referred to as dinner. N-VAR 3. A dinner is a formal social event at which a meal is served. It is held in the evening. ...a series of official lunches and dinners... N-COUNT

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

din'-er (ariston; Mt 22:4; Lu 11:38 (the Revised Version, margin "breakfast"); Lu 14:12; compare Ru 2:14; Joh 21:13): In oriental as in classical lands it was customary, in ancient times, as now, to have but two meals in the day, and the evidence, including that of Josephus, goes to show that the second or evening meal was the principal one. The "morning morsel," as the is Talmud calls it, was in no sense a "meal." The peasant or artisan, before beginning work, might "break (his) fast" (Joh 21:12,15) by taking a bit of barley bread with some simple relish, but to "eat (a full meal) in the morning" was a reproach (Ec 10:16). The full meal was not to be taken until a little before or after sunset, when the laborers had come in from their work (Lu 17:7; compare the "supper time" of Lu 14:17). The noon meal, taken at an hour when climatic conditions called for rest from exertion (the ariston of the Greeks, rendered "dinner" in English Versions of the Bible, Mt 22:4; Lu 11:38, the Revised Version, margin "breakfast"), was generally very simple, of bread soaked in light wine with a handful of parched corn (Ru 2:14), or of "pottage and bread broken into a bowl" (Bel and the Dragon 33), or of bread and broiled fish (Joh 21:13). Many, when on journey especially, content with one meal a day, taken after sunset. In general, eating at other times casual and informal; evening is the time for the formal meal, or feast. See MEALS.

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