What is dinner?

  • (noun): The main meal of the day served in the evening or at midday.
    Example: "Dinner will be at 8"; "on Sundays they had a large dinner when they returned from church"
    See also — Additional definitions below


Dinner is usually the name of the main meal of the day. Depending upon culture, dinner may be the second, third or fourth meal of the day. Originally, though, it referred to the first meal of the day, eaten around noon, and is still occasionally used for a noontime meal, if it is a large or main meal.

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Themes And Plot Devices In The Films Of Alfred Hitchcock - Food and Death
... her husband with a knife she has used to serve dinner ... In Shadow of a Doubt Mr Newton and Herb discuss murdering each other during dinner In Rope, Brandon decides to serve dinner on top of the chest where he is hiding the body of his murdered friend ... a judge what it's like to give someone the death penalty and then go home and eat his dinner In To Catch a Thief, Robie and Hughson discuss the ethics of murder ...
Dinner - Which Meal Is It?
... In some usages, the term dinner has continued to refer to the largest meal of the day, even when this meal is eaten at the end of the day and is preceded by two other meals ... However, even in systems in which dinner is the meal usually eaten at the end of the day, an individual dinner may still refer to a main or more sophisticated meal at any time in the day, such as a ... the rural American South and northern England, the word "dinner" traditionally has been used for the midday meal even if it was a light snack taken to school or work (and not for ...
Christmas In Ireland - Christmas Dinner
... The traditional Christmas dinner consists of turkey or goose and ham with a selection of vegetables and roast potatoes ... surrounding areas, Spiced beef is traditionally eaten as part of the Christmas dinner ...
Somalian Cuisine - Dinner
... Dinner in Somali is called "casho", and is served as late as 9 pm ... Cambuulo, a common dinner dish, is made of well-cooked azuki beans mixed with butter and sugar ... with a gelatinous confection, is another dinner dish ...
Sara's Secrets - Episode List - Season 5
... SS1301 International Chicken SS1302 Breakfast for Dinner SS1303 5 Ingredients or Less SS1304 Sandwiches for Supper SS1305 Weeknight Treats SS1306 All About Paprika ...

More definitions of "dinner":

  • (noun): A party of people assembled to have dinner together.
    Example: "Guests should never be late to a dinner party"
    Synonyms: dinner party

Famous quotes containing the word dinner:

    At the dinner table, if you can’t think of anything to say, sit quietly. Don’t throw rolls, or chew on your napkin.
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927)

    “Long for me the rick will wait,
    And long will wait the fold,
    And long will stand the empty plate,
    And dinner will be cold.”
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    The bed is now as public as the dinner table and governed by the same rules of formal confrontation.
    Angela Carter (1940–1992)