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Definition of dinner noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable, countable] the main meal of the day, eaten either in the middle of the day or in the evening It's time for dinner. When do you have dinner? What time do you serve dinner? Let's invite them to dinner tomorrow. What should we have for dinner tonight? It's your turn to cook dinner. She didn't eat much dinner. I never eat a big dinner. Christmas dinner a three-course dinner I'd like to take you out to dinner tonight. Topic CollocationsRestaurantseating out eat (lunch/dinner)/dine/meet at/in a restaurant go (out)/take somebody (out) for lunch/dinner/a meal have a meal with somebody make/have a reservation (in/under the name of Baker) reserve a table for six ask for/request a table for two/a table by the windowin the restaurant wait to be seated show somebody to their table sit in the corner/by the window/at the bar/at the counter hand somebody/give somebody the menu/wine list open/read/study/peruse the menu the restaurant has a three-course set menu/a children's menu/an extensive wine list taste/sample/try the wine the waiter takes your order order/choose/have the soup of the day/one of the specials/the house specialty serve/finish the appetizers/the first course/the main course/dessert/coffee complain about the food/the service/your meal enjoy your mealpaying pay/ask for the check/the bill pay for/treat somebody to dinner/lunch/the meal a gratuity/a service charge is (not) included give somebody/leave (somebody) a tip
  2. 2[countable] a large formal social gathering at which dinner is eaten The club's annual dinner will be held on June 3. see also dinner party
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: dinner