In some places, the evening meal; in others (such as parts of the South), the noon (or thereabouts) meal. When the evening meal is dinner, the noon meal is called lunch; if the noon meal is called dinner, the evening meal is called supper. (La petite mort says that "in australia if you call noon meal dinner then evening meal is called tea.")

Din"ner (?), n. [F. diner, fr. diner 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.

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.

 

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