As nouns the difference between dining and cafeteria
is that dining
is eating dinner as a social function while cafeteria
is a restaurant in which customers select their food at a counter then carry it on a tray to a table to eat.
As a verb dining
Eating dinner as a social function.
* 1869 , The XIX Century (volume 1, page 6)
Entertaining someone to dinner.
- For my own part I preferred to remain with the ship, and I am now glad that I did so, for the welcome we received at Havana; the cheering crowds upon the quay; the friends we met and made; the dinings in and dinings out
* dining car
* dining room
* dining table
A restaurant in which customers select their food at a counter then carry it on a tray to a table to eat
A dining area in an institution where meals may be purchased (as above) or brought in from elsewhere
* , cafe
* (dining area in an institution) canteen