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  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Diner-out One who often takes his dinner away from home, or in company. "A brilliant diner-out, though but a curate."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n diner-out One who is in the habit of dining from home, and in company; one who accepts many invitations to dinner.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Diner-out one who goes much to dinner-parties
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. disner (Fr. dîner)—Low L. disjunāre, for disjejunāre, to break one's fast—L. dis-, and jejunus, fasting (cf. Déjeuner). Others explain disnare as from decenāre—L. de, inten., and cenāre, to dine.


In literature:

It probably contained some late diners-out.
"Far from the Madding Crowd" by Thomas Hardy
Fortune had rewarded her with one man of correct taste and exquisite palate as a diner-out.
"Lord Kilgobbin" by Charles Lever
"Punchinello, Vol. II. No. 38, Saturday, December 17, 1870." by Various
He is a diner-out of the first-rate currency, when in town; being invited to one place because he has been seen at another.
"Bracebridge Hall" by Washington Irving
Take it for granted that no professed diner-out ever possessed a particle of native wit.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 1, August 21, 1841" by Various
Last of all, like diners-out at dessert, the evolutionists take to politics.
"Falling in Love" by Grant Allen
Gentlemen who live by their wits, and diners-out in particular, will find Mr. T. Hood's system of incalculable service.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 1, Complete" by Various
A good diner-out, a good visitor among the poor.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 13, No. 80, June, 1864" by Various
Walter at the age of twenty-five thought he was too old and sedate to be a Diner-Out and a Dancing Devil.
"Ade's Fables" by George Ade
This was all sure to prove interesting to her fellow diners-out.
"The Heart of Arethusa" by Francis Barton Fox
When I speak of the "diner-out," I include under this title the bachelor guest not only at dinners, but also at luncheons and at suppers.
"The Complete Bachelor" by Walter Germain
The crowd of diners had thinned out until only a few lingered over their coffee.
"Ewing\'s Lady" by Harry Leon Wilson
Everybody else went out for a bite, probably that diner down the road.
"Syndrome" by Thomas Hoover
He preferred teaching the lads cricket to shooting with the squire, and he was a poor diner-out.
"Peccavi" by E. W. Hornung
Young as he was, Robert was old for his age, and a capital diner-out, and he had the art of accommodating himself to his audience.
"Old Kensington" by Miss Thackeray
Three Chinamen came shuffling through the hall from the Dupont street end, evidently diners from the restaurant going out that way.
"The Bradys After a Chinese Princess" by Francis Worcester Doughty
There are many diners-out who are welcome merely because they know how to carve.
"The Gentlemen's Book of Etiquette and Manual of Politeness" by Cecil B. Hartley
The diners looked out on the pigmy furnace smokestacks punctuating the dun smoke-mist.
"Mountain" by Clement Wood
But the real restaurant district for the diner-out hardly begins south of Madison square.
"The Personality of American Cities" by Edward Hungerford
He was a popular favourite among the English colony in Paris, and was an inveterate diner-out.
"Her Majesty's Minister" by William Le Queux

In news:

Diners in Christopher Long's new venue can look out to Market Street and to this courtyard.
Denny's diner has come out with a new sandwich that makes for the mother of all grilled cheese sandwiches: the Fried Cheese Melt.
All over southeastern South America, diners flock to grilled-meat emporiums where they can act out their inner gaucho.
Then, a European sensation comes to Philly- find out all about a pop up picnic that hosts thousands of diners all dressed in white.
We live in hip times, times when out-on-the-town diners can order flights of just about anything — from wine to bacon to pancakes.
Dozens of diners on the Seacoast voluntarily signed up to turn the lights out while eating dinner out.
At this point, roughly 7 minutes in, pool was asked to file out, and did so after another minute, as the VP walked to greet diners to the right of the entrance.
But, unlike other local diners, the Second Street restaurant near Rainbow Avenue stands out because much of their menu is gluten-free and the owner, Bea Brantigan, swears the regulars don't notice the difference and don't care.
Here are two places that extol local purveyors and send out some first-class food ROOTS BISTRO GOURMAND, West Islip This delightful restaurant lists for diners the sources of its ingredien.
It reminds me of Homer Price's uncle's famous doughnut machine in the Robert McCloskey children's book where the doughnuts keep coming out until they fill Homer's uncle's diner, spilling out the door.
Diners looking for roving eats can check out Food Truck Row.
One day this month, the Brooklyn Democratic Party put out word that its leaders would get together at the Park Plaza Diner, a hangout for the borough's politicians, to make a surprisingly early endorsement in the presidential contest.
These special locales go all out, with holiday dishes and decor that will surely leave diners with visions of sugarplums dancing in their heads.
WHEN DINING OUT AT DINNER, G is my constant companion, along with anywhere from just the two of us to several other diners.
Diners at the Tavern on the morning of December 10 check out the breakfast fare.