What does supper mean?

Definitions for supper
ˈsʌp ərsup·per

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. suppernoun

    a light evening meal; served in early evening if dinner is at midday or served late in the evening at bedtime

  2. suppernoun

    a social gathering where a light evening meal is served

    "her suppers often included celebrities"


  1. suppernoun

    Food consumed before going to bed.

  2. suppernoun

    Any meal eaten in the evening; dinner eaten in the evening, rather than at noon.

  3. suppernoun

    A drinker, especially one who drinks slowly (i.e., one who sups).

  4. supperverb

    To consume a snack before retiring.

  5. supperverb

    To eat dinner (see above).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. SUPPERnoun

    The last meal of the day; the evening repast.

    Etymology: souper, French.

    To-night we hold a solemn supper. William Shakespeare.

    I’ll to my book:
    For yet, ere supper-time must I perform
    Much business. William Shakespeare, Tempest.

    Th’ hour of supper comes unearn’d. John Milton.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Suppernoun

    a meal taken at the close of the day; the evening meal

  2. Supperverb

    to take supper; to sup

  3. Supperverb

    to supply with supper

  4. Etymology: [OE. soper, super, OF. super, soper, F. souper; originally an infinitive, to sup, take a meal. See Soup, and cf. Sup to take supper.]


  1. Supper

    Supper is a name for the evening meal in some dialects of English. While often used interchangeably with "dinner" today, supper was traditionally a separate meal. "Dinner" traditionally had been used to refer to the main and most formal meal of the day, which, from the Middle Ages until the 18th century, was most often the midday meal. When the evening meal became the main meal, it was referred to as "dinner", and the lighter midday meal was called "luncheon." The term is derived from the French souper, which is still used for this meal in Canadian French, Swiss French and sometimes in Belgian French. It is related to soup. It is also related to the German word for soup, Suppe..

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Supper

    sup′ėr, n. a meal taken at the close of the day.—adj. Supp′erless, without supper.—ns. Supp′ing, the act of one who sups: that which is supped; Lord's′-supp′er (see Lord). [O. Fr. soper (Fr. souper)—from Low Ger. supen, to sup.]

Editors Contribution

  1. supper

    A moderate amount of food.

    Many people eat supper at night.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 28, 2020  

Etymology and Origins

  1. Supper

    A term which has survived the changes of time. We still invite a friend to “sup” with us, but the repast is more or less a substantial one. Anciently the last meal of the day consisted only of soup.

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  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'supper' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4484

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'supper' in Nouns Frequency: #2207

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of supper in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of supper in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of supper in a Sentence

  1. Herman Melville:

    I feel that the Godhead is broken up like the bread at the Supper, and that we are the pieces. Hence this infinite fraternity of feeling.

  2. Louis-Ferdinand Céline:

    The novel can't compete with cars, the movies, television, and liquor. A guy who's had a good feed and tanked up on good wine gives his old lady a kiss after supper and his day is over. Finished.

  3. Diogenes the Cynic, from Diogenes Laertius, Lives of Eminent Philosophers:

    [When asked what was the proper time for supper] If you are a rich man, whenever you please; and if you are a poor man, whenever you can.

  4. Diogenes the Cynic:

    When asked what was the proper time for supper If you are a rich man, whenever you please and if you are a poor man, whenever you can.

  5. Overbury:

    If a man die young he hath left us at dinner; it is bed-time with a man of three score and ten; and he that lives a hundred years hath walked a mile after supper. This life is but one day of three meals, or one meal of three courses?childhood, youth, and old age. To sup well is to live well, and that?s the way to sleep well.

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