What does supper mean?

Definitions for supper
ˈsʌp ərsup·per

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word supper.

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.


  1. Supper

    Supper was originally a secondary lighter evening meal. The main meal of the day, called dinner, used to be served closer to what is known as lunchtime, around the middle of the day, but crept later over the centuries, mostly over the course of the 19th century. When dinner was still at the early time, eating a lighter supper in the evening was very common; it was not always the last meal of the day, as there might be a tea later. Reflecting the typical custom of 17th century elites, Louis XIV dined at noon, with a supper at 10p.m. Even when dinner was in the early evening, supper was served at a ball, or after returning from it, and might be after other evening excursions. At an English ball in 1791, supper was served to 140 guests at 1:00 a.m. They would all have had dinner at home many hours earlier, before coming out. Other, grander, balls served supper even later, up to 3:30 a.m., at a London ball given in 1811 by the Duchess of Bedford.The modern usage of "supper" varies considerably; sometimes supper is still used to describe a light snack or meal in the evening, either after or instead of dinner, but often it replaces dinner as the term for the main evening meal.


  1. supper

    Supper is a meal that is typically consumed in the evening or at the end of the day. It is often considered the main or largest meal of the day, although this definition can vary depending on culture and personal habits. It may be composed of one or multiple courses and can include a variety of foods and beverages.

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.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Supper is ranked #136449 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Supper surname appeared 123 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Supper.

    95.9% or 118 total occurrences were White.

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British National Corpus

  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. Montesquieu:

    Lunch kills half of Paris, supper the other half.

  2. Proverb:

    He that feeds upon charity has a cold dinner and no supper.

  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. Marcos Minicucci:

    Our research shows that the two eating behaviors are independently linked with poorer outcomes after a heart attack, but having a cluster of bad habits will only make things worse, people who work late may be particularly susceptible to having a late supper and then not being hungry in the morning, he continued, adding that.

  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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