dinner

noun
1 main meal of the day
ADJECTIVE
delicious, excellent, good, gourmet (esp. AmE), slap-up (BrE, informal), sumptuous

We were treated to an excellent dinner with every kind of seafood imaginable.

four-course, three-course, etc.
big
light
leisurely
quick
early, late
candlelight (esp. AmE), candlelit, romantic
intimate, private, quiet
family
birthday, Christmas, holiday (AmE), Sunday, Thanksgiving (in the US)
potluck (= to which each guest brings some food, which is then shared) (AmE)
school (BrE)
frozen (esp. AmE), TV
chicken, seafood, steak, turkey, etc.
DINNER + NOUN
table

There was never much conversation at the dinner table in my family.

things

We didn't wash up the dinner things until the morning after.

plates, service

a bone-china dinner service

menu

The extensive dinner menu includes Russian delicacies.

The school dinner menu always includes a balance of food types. (BrE)

bell
money (BrE)

I always forgot to take my dinner money to school.

lady (BrE) (lunch lady in AmE)
time
date
reservation
companion
2 formal evening occasion, with dinner
ADJECTIVE
elegant, fancy, lavish
black-tie, formal, official
informal
annual

The club's annual dinner is this week.

anniversary, celebratory, rehearsal (= for the families of a couple the day before their wedding) (AmE), wedding (AmE)
farewell
awards
charity, fund-raising
gala

A gala dinner was held to celebrate the world premiere of the movie.

state

A state dinner was held in honour/honor of the visiting Japanese premier.

VERB + DINNER
give, hold, host, throw

My old school is giving a fund-raising dinner

attend

We attended the formal reunion dinner.

be invited to
change for, dress for

Are we expected to dress for dinner?

speak at

The former Olympic champion was invited to speak at a charity dinner.

DINNER + NOUN
party

They invited three couples to a dinner party at their house.

engagement
dance

the society's annual dinner dance

guests
jacket, suit (both BrE)
theater (= a restaurant where you see a play after your meal) (AmE)

Collocations dictionary. 2013.

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  • dinner — din ner, n. [F. d[^i]ner, fr. d[^i]ner to dine. See {Dine}.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster] 2. An entertainment;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dinner — dinner, banquet, feast are comparable when denoting an elaborate meal that is served to guests or to a group (as of members of a club or association) and that often marks some special occasion (as an anniversary) or honors a particular person.… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Dinner — (engl.), die Hauptmahlzeit, das Diner …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Dinner — (engl), s.v.w. Diner …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • Dinner — Dinner→Abendessen …   Das Wörterbuch der Synonyme

  • dinner — c.1300, from O.Fr. disner (11c.), originally breakfast, later lunch, noun use of infinitive disner (see DINE (Cf. dine)). Always used in English for the main meal of the day; shift from midday to evening began with the fashionable classes.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Dinner — ↑ Diner …   Das Herkunftswörterbuch

  • dinner — [n] evening meal banquet, blowout*, chow*, collation, din din*, eats*, feast, feedbag*, fete, main meal, major munch*, potluck, principal meal, refection, regale, repast, ribs*, spread*, supper, table d’hôte; concept 459 …   New thesaurus

  • dinner — ► NOUN 1) the main meal of the day, taken either around midday or in the evening. 2) a formal evening meal. ORIGIN Old French disner to dine (used as a noun) …   English terms dictionary

  • dinner — [din′ər] n. [ME diner < OFr disner, inf. used as n.: see DINE] 1. the main meal of the day, whether eaten in the evening or about noon 2. a banquet in honor of some person or event 3. a complete meal at a set price with no course omitted;… …   English World dictionary

  • dinner is up — dinner/tea/etc is up spoken phrase used for saying that food or drink is ready Thesaurus: prepare food for cooking or eatinghyponym Main entry: up …   Useful english dictionary

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