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Topic: FOOD

Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: souper, from souper (verb); SUP

supper

noun
     
sup‧per [uncountable and countable]
1DF the meal that you have in the early evening [= dinner]:
Why don't you come over for supper on Friday?
We had supper in a small Italian place.
Have you eaten supper?
see usage note dinner
2 British English the very light meal, for example a drink and a piece of cake, that you have just before you go to bed
WORD FOCUS: meal WORD FOCUS: meal
meals at different times of day: breakfast, brunch, lunch, tea British English, dinner, supper

a meal outside: picnic, barbecue also barbie informal, cookout American English

when you quickly eat a little food : snack, a bite to eat

a very big meal for a lot of people: banquet, feast

parts of a meal: starter British English, appetizer American English (the first course)
main course
/entree especially AmE, side dish (eaten with the main course)
dessert
also pudding sweet British English (sweet food eaten at the end of the meal)


See also
meal
WORD CHOICE: WORD CHOICE:

dinner, supper, tea, lunch
In Britain, the main meal of the day is dinner and it is usually eaten in the evening. Some people call this meal supper, but to others supper is a very small meal that is eaten just before they go to bed. Some people call this main evening meal tea, but to others tea is a small meal that is eaten in the afternoon.Some people use dinner to refer to the meal they eat in the middle of the day, but if you want to be clear that you are referring to this meal, use lunch.See also dinner
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