immediately following dinner:
an after-dinner speech.
Contemporary Examples

Or at least, there was a magician to provide the after-dinner entertainment.
A Magical Merger? Kim Masters February 3, 2010

A school classroom suddenly seems like an after-dinner speech.
Redford Takes on Rahm in the Furious Blur of ‘Chicagoland’ Tim Teeman March 5, 2014

Last night’s after-dinner discussion confirmed the depressing reality of recent years.
My Dinner With Ahmadinejad Stephen Kinzer September 22, 2010

Outside, to the left of the revolving doors, is where he would smoke his after-dinner cigarette.
Michael Hastings’ Hunger for Life Jack Gray June 13, 2014

Jennie Yabroff on the new frontier in after-dinner indulgence.
High-Concept Desserts from Star Chefs Jennie Yabroff January 14, 2011

Historical Examples

Fancy yourself sitting down to an after-dinner chat in the fifteen-foot sitting room, adjoining the dining room of equal size.
Bancroft’s Tourist’s Guide Yosemite A.L. Bancroft

Madigan’s pipe fell to the floor; he had been filling it for his after-dinner smoke.
The Madigans Miriam Michelson

Could the strychnine have been administered in Mrs. Inglethorp’s after-dinner coffee which was taken to her by her husband?
The Mysterious Affair at Styles Agatha Christie

Over everything brooded the after-dinner peace of Christmas afternoon.
K Mary Roberts Rinehart

He felt as when a clever actress in a pathetic part wrought upon him in the after-dinner mood.
In the Year of Jubilee George Gissing


1730, from after + dinner.


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