dinner

Definitions

  • "I WALKED IN TO DINNER ON SIR ALEXANDER'S ARM."
    "I WALKED IN TO DINNER ON SIR ALEXANDER'S ARM."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n dinner 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"
    • n dinner a party of people assembled to have dinner together "guests should never be late to a dinner party"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

OUR DINNER IN A JAPANESE INN OUR DINNER IN A JAPANESE INN
After Dinner Panurge Went to See Her--2-21-184 After Dinner Panurge Went to See Her--2-21-184
Dinner at The Red Craw-Fish Inn Dinner at The Red Craw-Fish Inn
For dinner For dinner
THE DINNER TABLE THE DINNER TABLE
THE RULING PASSION STRONG AT DINNER THE RULING PASSION STRONG AT DINNER
Bird's nests for dinner Bird's nests for dinner
A stork eating soup from a jug at dinner party while a fox watches A stork eating soup from a jug at dinner party while a fox watches

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Canadians eat more Kraft Dinner (Macaroni and Cheese) per capita than any other country in the world
    • dinner An entertainment; a feast. "A grand political dinner ."
    • dinner The principal meal of the day, eaten in some countries about midday, but in others (especially in the U. S. and in large cities) at a later hour.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Tohru Iwatani, the inventor of the video game Pac-Man, came up with the idea when he saw a pizza with a slice missing at a dinner party
    • n dinner The principal meal of the day, taken at midday or later, even in the evening. In medieval and modern Europe the common practice, down to the middle of the eighteenth century, was to take this meal about midday, or in more primitive times even as early as 9 or 10 A. M. In France, under the old régime, the dinner-hour was at 2 or 3 in the afternoon; but when the Constituent Assembly moved to Paris, since it sat until 4 or 5 o'clock, the hour for dining was postponed. The custom of dining at 6 o'clock or later has since become common, except in the country, where early dinner is still the general practice. See extract under dinner-hour.
    • n dinner An entertainment; a feast; a dinner-party.
    • dinner To take dinner; dine.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In West Virginia, it is legal for one to take roadkill home for dinner
    • n Dinner din′ėr the chief meal of the day: a feast
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Quotations

  • Saying
    Saying
    “Never ask a favor of someone till they have had their dinner.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    Samuel%20Johnson
    “A man seldom thinks with more earnestness of anything than he does of his dinner.”
  • Samuel Pepys
    Samuel Pepys
    “Strange to see how a good dinner and feasting reconciles everybody.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    Benjamin%20Franklin
    “He that waits upon fortune, is never sure of a dinner.”
  • Orson Welles
    Orson%20Welles
    “My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four unless there are three other people.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    Benjamin%20Franklin
    “He who waits upon fortune is never sure of dinner.”

Idioms

Dog's dinner - Something that is a dog's dinner is a real mess.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. dîner, fr. dîner, to dine. See Dine
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. disner, prop. breakfast. See Dine.

Usage

In literature:

The approaching county election was the principal topic at dinner, as it was probably at every dinner-table in Deerbrook.
"Deerbrook" by Harriet Martineau
Dinner is ready when they return.
"Floyd Grandon's Honor" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
I'll find you in the drawing room after dinner.
"A Young Mutineer" by Mrs. L. T. Meade
At dinner a warm discussion about the state of Ireland.
"A Journey to America in 1834" by Robert Heywood
I met Gus Sinclair at Mrs. Brompton's dinner.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1907 to 1908" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
They only just left themselves time to rush back to their lodgings and dress for the solemn function of a dinner with the Provost.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
You'd meet her and then you could give her a dinner and invite me.
"Black Oxen" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
MRS. NEEFIT'S LITTLE DINNER.
"Ralph the Heir" by Anthony Trollope
But you didn't say what you'd order for your dinner.
"Dorothy's Travels" by Evelyn Raymond
Already Susan felt drawn toward the pretty young American girl, and she was aghast at the outlook of a dinner party with no party frock.
"Patty's Friends" by Carolyn Wells
PUBLIC DINNER IN EDINBURGH.
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster
No doubt you observed a peculiar relish in your dinner.
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens
He was very hearty indeed, and came to ask me to dinner.
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens
I expect she'll want her dinner.
"Girls of the Forest" by L. T. Meade
This is the only occasion when one sees butter on a dinner table, and this at informal dinners.
"The Complete Bachelor" by Walter Germain
They were late for dinner, which was the reason, Brodrick thought, why the Angel of the Dinner (as Jane called her) looked annoyed.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
I judge by its nicker you didn't stop for no dinner to-day.
"The Wind Before the Dawn" by Dell H. Munger
But there were dinners and dinners, in the estimation of Farnsworth.
"The Faith Doctor" by Edward Eggleston
In the House of Lords I heard the Duke's explanation of putting off the dinner in the City.
"The Greville Memoirs" by Charles C. F. Greville
They were, consequently, to stay the night there, and not to be expected back till the next day's dinner.
"The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of Jane Austen" by Jane Austen
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In poetry:

"Helas! Mon noble winged steed
Went oft avec no dinner;
On epics il refusee feed
And maigre grew, and thinner!
"New England Magazine" by Ellis Parker Butler
The dinner-table seems to be
The crown of all her wishes,
For there the gypsy's sure to have
A hand in all the dishes.
"Our Helen" by Effie Afton
The dinner comes, and down they sit
Were e'er such hungry folk?
There's little talking, and no wit;
It is no time to joke.
"The Yearly Distress; Or, Tithing-Time At Stock In Essex" by William Cowper
And when they were to dinner sette
And cups went freely round:
Before them came a faire damselle,
And knelt upon the ground.
"The Marriage of Sir Gawaine" by Anonymous British
Kille, kille, lambkin mine,
Feed and fatten thy flesh so fine!
Know, you dear little sinner,
Mother will have it for dinner!
"Lambkin Mine" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson
And when the dinner hour has come,
And thoughts of work are fleeting,
I only hear the insects hum,
Because I'm busy--
Eating.
"Saturday On The Farm" by Edwin Carty Ranck

In news:

This is the recipe most often requested by my dinner guests.
Attorney General Eric Holder speaks at the Muslim Advocates annual dinner on more.
A gathering of these thick-bodied fish will fill your cooler and make a memorable dinner.
Gurney's " Black Tie ," Teddy plans to wear a dinner jacket over his Obama tee.
Enjoy and evening of dinner and dancing, live entertainment, a live and silent auction.
Long song no video but worth the listen…Had dinner with J.D.
LIKE many other families across America, Salvador Ortega's sat down on Christmas Day to a dinner featuring big, savory helpings of the traditional holiday entree: roast goat.
An unidentified man in Holland Township, Michigan, apparently caught and killed a squirrel for dinner.
I wondered as I sped downtown to make my 7:30 dinner reservation.
Blowfish expert Katsuhiko Iizuka eats his dinner -- carefully -- at Tokyo's Tentake restaurant.
Actress Lindsay Lohan attends the White House Correspondents' Association annual dinner in Washington April 28, 2012 REUTERS/Larry Downing.
We had a flank steak dinner planned for a weeknight menu this week and I was going to make it with an ancho rub.
Summer's a great time to entertain, and chances are you'll be going to at least one potluck or hosting a dinner party at some point in August.
High in the Berkshire mountains at the Dream Away Lodge, Chef Amy Loveless creates a one-of-a-kind Thanksgiving dinner.
The Southington Community YMCA held its 10th annual "Forever in Blue Jeans " benefit dinner and auction on Friday evening, Nov 16.
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In science:

We say that a real form τ of g is of inner class d or in the d–inner class if ̟(τ ) = d.
Thompson's conjecture for real semi-simple Lie groups
In the following, for each involutive d ∈ AutD(g) , we will construct an explicit quasi-split real form τd in the d–inner class.
Thompson's conjecture for real semi-simple Lie groups
We will then show that, up to G–conjugacy, every real form in the d–inner class is of the form τ = Ad ˙w0 τd , where w0 is a certain Weyl group element and ˙w0 a representative of w0 in G.
Thompson's conjecture for real semi-simple Lie groups
Then τd is a quasi-split real form of g in the d–inner class.
Thompson's conjecture for real semi-simple Lie groups
Finally, since ̟(τdθ) = ̺(γ−w0 γ−w0d) = d, we see that τd is in the d–inner class.
Thompson's conjecture for real semi-simple Lie groups
To relate an arbitrary real form in the d–inner class with the quasi-split real form τd , we recall some definitions from [Ar].
Thompson's conjecture for real semi-simple Lie groups
Suppose that τ is an Iwasawa real form relative to (k, a, n) and suppose that τ is in the d–inner class.
Thompson's conjecture for real semi-simple Lie groups
Assume now that τ is an Iwasawa real form relative to (k, a, n) and that τ is in the d–inner class.
Thompson's conjecture for real semi-simple Lie groups
Two parties (with opposite food preferences) want to select a dinner location.
Random-Turn Hex and other selection games
Robert Campbell Willman and Betty for hospitality/dinner and a discussion on a book of Brian Greene; Ling-Miao Chou for the moral support.
Azumaya-type noncommutative spaces and morphisms therefrom: Polchinski's D-branes in string theory from Grothendieck's viewpoint
Workshop Dinners take place on Thursday of the first week and Wednesday of the second week.
Overview and Charge -- Snowmass Workshop 2005
We are most grateful for this support and for grants from the Universities Research Association (URA) and from Stanford University that subsidize the opening reception on Sunday, August 14, and the two workshop dinners.
Overview and Charge -- Snowmass Workshop 2005
Spam c(cid:13)from the extensive menu listed for the dinner.
Astrophysics in 2005
Recurrent X-Ray transient sources (Sguera et al. 2005) which seem to be rather a dog’s dinner, but include at least one new class at low galactic latitude and durations less than three hours.
Astrophysics in 2006
Many examples this year seem to involve more than one, and they are arranged, as it were, soup to nuts of a dog’s dinner.
Astrophysics in 2006
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