A diner is a person who's eating a meal, and it's also a word for a casual restaurant. If you pass by a diner in a diner, check out what's on his plate. It could be anything from eggs over easy to salisbury steak.

If you dine in a cafe you're a diner, and if you eat in the dining car on a train, you can call it a diner too. Your favorite neighborhood diner — a casual restaurant that keeps late hours and serves a variety of food — is actually named after these railroad restaurants. The original diners, from the 1930s, were shaped like train cars, often clad in stainless steel, and had long, narrow space inside with stools along a counter.

Definitions of diner

n a person eating a meal (especially in a restaurant)

carver, cutter
someone who carves the meat
dining companion, tablemate
someone you dine with
Type of:
eater, feeder
someone who consumes food for nourishment

n a passenger car where food is served in transit

buffet car, dining car, dining compartment
Type of:
carriage, coach, passenger car
a railcar where passengers ride

n a restaurant that resembles a dining car

Type of:
eatery, eating house, eating place, restaurant
a building where people go to eat

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