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Dinner vs Diner

Before discussing anything about dinner vs diner I request you to check the spelling of the two words. We all are acquainted with the word ‘dinner’ as it is associated with our daily life. 

You can find another similar word ‘diner’. Diner is correlated with dinner though the word ‘diner’ has a separate meaning. You need to know the when and where you can put the words dinner or diner.

While you are writing the words you may be confused with the spelling of both words. The two words Dinner and Diner are sound alike but have different meanings.

Dinner vs Diner: The Difference

You can find a big difference between the two words if you know the meaning of the two words. So, we should know the real meaning of the two words first.

You are already acquainted with what is dinner. You can find a clear conception about the word ‘diner’. Having a clear conception of the difference of the meaning you can use and spell either words dinner or diner without any confusion. 

Diner and Dinner : Meanings

Knowing the diner and dinner meanings we can make us free from misuse of the words. Our speech or writing may mislead others if we are failed to use the words properly where they are needed. So, we need to know the real meaning and usage of the words first.

Meaning of Dinner

Dinner is something to eat. It refers to a large daily meal or you can say a large formal gathering at which a meal is eaten, usually in honor of a person or to commemorate a special event. From this point of view, it can be considered as a synonym of banquet.[1]

Meaning of Diner

Diner has several meanings. First of all, diner means a person who dines (eat) a meal. Secondly, it means a dining car which is a place usually found on a train for the passengers to get their meals. Third and last meaning of the word is a cheap and small restaurant.[2]

Here are the examples of diner with several meanings:

1. The diners are very happy to get a delicious meal from a nearer restaurant.

2. The passengers of the train were waiting for their dinner at the diner.

3. I had my meal at a diner.

Origin of the Word Diner

The word is derived from the word “dine” means to eat. Likewise a diner is a person who dines.[3] Dine is a verb, related to people’s names like (verb+er)teacher, farmer. Adding ‘er’ with the verb makes the word a noun. In this case the word ‘diner’ refers to a person who eats.

Diner as a Restaurant

Among the three different meanings of the word, the last meaning is mostly known to the people. The third meaning of the word is a small restaurant found in the Northeastern United States and Midwest, as well as in other parts of the US, Canada, and parts of Western Europe.

Diner offers mostly American cuisine. It is a combination of booths served by a wait staff and a long sit-down counter with direct service, in the smallest simply by a cook.[4]

Usually you will get staples of American cuisine at diners. Diners serve usually hamburgers, French fries, club sandwiches, and meatloaf. All these food are served at cheaper costs.

Coffee and hand-blended milkshakes are also available at diner. Diner is appreciated widely for its low price foods.

Dinner or Diner: Usage of the Two Words

After the above discussion hope the meaning of the words is clear to all. If we are referring to a place we should use “diner” with a single N. And if we are referring a meal we should use “dinner” with double N.

Here are tricks to follow how you can memorize the correct spelling of the two words.

  • Dinner has double N, two consonants in the middle of the word. Dinner is a meal and similar to supper. In that supper has double P, two consonant in the middle of the word.

Mostly known term “anniversary dinner” is related to dinner. Notice that, the anniversary has double N in the middle of the word like dinner. On the hand diner has one N to spell and it refers only to a place or person.

  • Another trick to remember the difference between the two words is their pronunciation. When we are saying diner we need to utter the word as die or dye before pronouncing the whole word diner. When we are saying dinner we need to utter di as we do to utter the words dip, dig or dim.

Diner Vs Dinner: The Importance of knowing the spelling of the words

If anyone knows the proper meaning of the two words it will be easier for him to use the words in a sentence with its proper context. It is difficult to deal with dinner especially, those who are researching dinner related topics professionally without any proper idea about the two words. An omission or addition of only one letter “N” can change the meaning and relevance of the topic completely.

Diner or Dinner: both are not similar

It is very important to all, especially those who are involving with topic dinner professionally to keep in mind that dinner and diner are not interchangeable under any circumstances. 

As the meaning of the words bear complete different meaning everyone should be careful before writing the spelling of the words.

We should be careful even to utter the two words in our daily life as the utterance is different from each other and the improper utterance of the words can be a hurdle to express our thinking what we want to say.


As these words are associated with our life all need to have a clear idea about the usage of both words. We can avoid any misapprehension with the proper use of the words.

We must be careful about using both words if we are dealing with the relevant topics. Our simple effort of uttering or spelling the words can help us to deal with our topic without making any confusion.