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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 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; a feast. [1913 Webster] A grand political dinner. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster] 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, etc. [1913 Webster]