dinner


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.
Dinner which basically means the chief meal of the day is the most general of these terms; it is appropriately used of any elaborate and formal meal served to guests or to a group and is the preferred term for use in invitations and in colorless reference to such an affair
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popular as a speaker at public dinners

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planned a birthday dinner for her cousin

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worn out by state dinners and receptions

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Typically, banquet suggests the sumptuousness of the meal, the magnificence of its setting, and often the ceremonial character of the occasion and entertainment
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a certain rigid decorum between guest and geisha is invariably preserved at a Japanese banquetH earn

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entreating him, his captains, and brave knights, to grace a banquetKeats

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It may stress the excellence and elaborateness of food and service
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the widows and other women prepare a special dinner, which may be so elaborate as to become a banquetAmer. Guide Series: Ariz.

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or especially in popular use it may imply no more than a formal dinner held elsewhere than in a private home
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not so long ago the word "ban-quet" evoked pictures of barons of beef, turtle soup, boar's heads and ten courses served on solid gold plate . . . "banquet" today has become the generic word for any meal served in a private room in a hotel— Britannia & Eve

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father's club gave a banquet at the hotel— L. E. Billington

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Feast is often interchangeable with banquet but it may carry over a feeling of its other meaning of a festival of rejoicing and then stresses the shared enjoyment and pleasure in the occasion that gives rise to the meal
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a white cat purring its way gracefully among the wine cups at a feast given in honor of Apuleius— Repplier

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to share our marriage feast and nuptial mirth?— Keats

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it is not the quantity of the meat, but the cheerfulness of the guests, which makes the feastClarendon

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Unlike the other terms of this group feast has frequent extended use with the notion of a source of, often shared, enjoyment
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treasures his memories of that . . . visit, with vegetarian meals and a feast of conversation— Fogg

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human beings have always loved these perceptual feasts of sensuous satisfaction— Hunter Mead

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New Dictionary of Synonyms. 2014.

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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 — (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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