From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

dinner \din"ner\, n. [F. d[^i]ner, fr. d[^i]ner to dine. See
   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.
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   2. An entertainment; a feast.
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            A grand political dinner.             --Tennyson.
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   Note: Dinner is much used, in an obvious sense, either
         adjectively or as the first part of a compound; as,
         dinner time, or dinner-time, dinner bell, dinner hour,
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