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noun     dinner pronunciation in British English
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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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