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noun dinner pronunciation in British English /ˈdɪnə(r)/
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  1. [countable/uncountable] the main meal of the day, eaten in the evening or at midday. A more usual word for a midday meal is lunch. An early evening meal is sometimes called tea, and a late evening meal is sometimes called supper
    If you’ll cook dinner, I’ll wash the dishes.
    have (your) dinner: I haven’t had dinner yet.
    have something for dinner: We had chicken for dinner.
    have dinner with someone (=as part of a romantic relationship): Will you have dinner with me this evening?
    go out to/for dinner (=eat in a restaurant): Let’s go out to dinner tonight.
    1. a.
      [countable/uncountable] a special meal that you have to celebrate a particular occasion
      a Sunday/Thanksgiving dinner
    2. b.
      [countable] a formal evening meal arranged by an organization as a social event for a particular purpose
      They held a benefit dinner to raise money for the hospital.


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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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