a light evening meal; served in early evening if dinner is at midday or served late in the evening at bedtime
a social gathering where a light evening meal is served
"her suppers often included celebrities"
Food consumed before going to bed.
Any meal eaten in the evening; dinner eaten in the evening, rather than at noon.
A drinker, especially one who drinks slowly (i.e., one who sups).
To consume a snack before retiring.
To eat dinner (see above).
a meal taken at the close of the day; the evening meal
to take supper; to sup
to supply with supper
Origin: [OE. soper, super, OF. super, soper, F. souper; originally an infinitive, to sup, take a meal. See Soup, and cf. Sup to take 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
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.]
Etymology and Origins
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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Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'supper' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4484
Rank popularity for the word 'supper' in Nouns Frequency: #2207
The numerical value of supper in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of supper in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
Examples of supper in a Sentence
Hope is a good breakfast, but it is a bad supper.
Lunch kills half of Paris, supper the other half.
Many people in the world are killed by supper rather than by the sword.
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.
[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.
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- şam yeməyiAzerbaijani
- Nachtessen, abendessen, NachtimbißGerman
- δείπνο, δείπνος, απόδειπνο, αποδειπνώ, δειπνώGreek
- cena, cenarSpanish
- iltapala, illallistaa, illallinen, siemailijaFinnish
- शाम का खाना, रात का खानाHindi
- ընթրիք, ընթրելArmenian
- makan malamIndonesian
- 夜ご飯, 夕食, 夜食Japanese
- кешкі асKazakh
- 저녁 식사, 밤참, 저녁식사Korean
- şîv, vexwerKurdish
- ອາຫານຄ່ຳ, ອາຫານແລງLao
- naksniņas, vakariņas, vakariņotLatvian
- kveldsmat, nattmat, aftensmatNorwegian
- wieczerza, kolacjaPolish
- jantar, ceiaPortuguese
- masă de seară, cină, supeu, supaRomanian
- ужинать, ужинRussian
- chena, cenaSardinian
- večera, вечераSerbo-Croatian
- južina, večerjaSlovene
- äta, middag, kvällsmatSwedish
- akşam yemeğiTurkish
- bữa chiều, ăn tốiVietnamese
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