dinner Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"dinner" in British English

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dinnernoun

uk   /ˈdɪn.ər/  us   //
A1 [C or U] the ​mainmeal of the ​day, usually the ​meal you ​eat in the ​evening but sometimes, in ​Britain, the ​mealeaten in the ​middle of the ​day: We were just having (​our) dinner. We had some ​friends over for dinner on ​Saturday. a ​romantic candlelit dinner
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[C usually singular] a ​formalsocialoccasion in the ​evening at which a ​meal is ​served: They held a dinner to ​celebrate his ​retirement. a ​charity/​society dinner
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(Definition of dinner from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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dinnernoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈdɪn·ər/
the ​mainmeal of the ​day, whether ​eaten in the ​evening or in the ​middlepart of the ​day: [U] The ​restaurant is ​open for dinner from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. [U] What’s for dinner (= What ​food are we having for ​ourmainmeal)? [U] Conversation around the dinner ​table was always ​lively. A dinner is also a ​formalsocialoccasion in the ​evening at which a ​meal is ​served: [C] There will be a black-tie dinner and fund-raiser for Jubilee Housing on ​April 18th at the Mayflower Hotel.
(Definition of dinner from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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