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DINNER

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Originally appearing in Volume V08, Page 277 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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DINNER, the chief meal of the day, eaten either in the middle of the day, as was formerly the universal custom, or in the evening. The word " dine " comes through Fr. from Med. Lat. disnare, for disjejunare, to break one's fast (jejunium); it is, therefore, the same word as Fr. dejeuner, to breakfast, in modern France, to take the midday meal, diner being used for the later repast. The term " dinner-wagon," originally a movable table to hold dishes, is now used of a two-tier side-board.
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