sup·​per | \ ˈsə-pər How to pronounce supper (audio) \

Definition of supper

1a : the evening meal especially when dinner is taken at midday
b : a social affair featuring a supper especially : an evening social especially for raising funds a church supper
2 : the food served as a supper eat your supper
3 : a light meal served late in the evening

Examples of supper in a Sentence

I always enjoyed our Sunday night suppers. It's almost time for supper. We took a walk after supper. I had too much wine at supper. He didn't come home for supper.
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Chef Cheetie Kumar of Garland in Raleigh, N.C., and Maneet Chauhan of Chauhan Ale & Masala House in Nashville also frequently bring their respective talents to the supper series. Fortune, "These Award-Winning Chefs Are Expressing Their Indian Heritage With Southern Food," 15 Sep. 2019 The new cookbook includes 52 pasta recipes inspired by Sunday suppers with Arevalo’s Sicilian great-grandmother, who was 92 and needed to stand on a stepstool to flip meatballs. Jessica Yadegaran, The Mercury News, "“The Pasta Friday Cookbook” will change the way you gather with friends," 10 Sep. 2019 The supper-club elements have been faithfully re-created. Phil Vettel,, "Ya hey where? Wisconsin-style supper club offers near perfect prime rib in a Fulton Market basement," 29 Aug. 2019 The world’s appetite for pasta and pizza, plus Italians’ relative indifference to other cuisines, give the country a $168bn supper surplus. The Economist, "Which countries dominate the world’s dinner tables?," 23 Aug. 2019 So public employees were scolded and grounded and sent to their rooms without their supper. John Archibald |, al, "The truth about Alabama austerity," 8 Sep. 2019 Guests may book acupuncture and meditation, and Dionnet's tip for supper at La Finestra in Cucina is spot-on. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "These 6 European Apartments Are Basically Private Design Hotels," 23 Aug. 2019 Fish swam in the fountain at the center of the great dining hall — and would then be served for supper. Washington Post, "Moscow’s Metropol: elegance to revolution and back again," 23 July 2019 One of my male co-workers recently asked me out for supper. Judith Martin, The Mercury News, "Miss Manners: They have no problem telling me they hate what I do," 17 June 2019

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First Known Use of supper

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for supper

Middle English soper, from Anglo-French super, from super to sup — more at sup

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English Language Learners Definition of supper

: the evening meal
chiefly US : a social event especially for raising money that takes place in the evening and includes a meal
chiefly British : a light meal or snack that is eaten late in the evening


sup·​per | \ ˈsə-pər How to pronounce supper (audio) \

Kids Definition of supper

1 : the evening meal especially when dinner is eaten at midday
2 : refreshments served late in the evening especially at a social gathering

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