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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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 On a muggy May night, two years into his first term, Franklin D. Roosevelt invited some friends to the White House for supper. Craig Fehrman, New York Times, "The Mystery Buffs in the White House," 23 May 2018 Hummus in the morning, hummus in the evening, hummus at supper time, and all that. Alex Beggs, Bon Appetit, "1 Easy Hummus Recipe, 5 Ways to Mess with It," 19 Feb. 2018 Three visiting Midwestern chefs who focus on local foods and sustainability will cook Sunday suppers and chat with guests at Braise restaurant in Walker’s Point. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Have Sunday supper and chat with Midwestern chefs during Braise restaurant's Leaders in Local Food series," 14 Aug. 2019 Dear Miss Manners: What is the difference between dinner and supper? Judith Martin, Washington Post, "Miss Manners: Fiancee-no-more is asked to return all gifts," 8 Aug. 2019 In Cabo San Lucas, swim with whale sharks and supper along with sea lions. Kathryn Romeyn, The Hollywood Reporter, "Venture on a $150K West Coast Safari With Horse Whispering, Hot Air Balloon Rides," 7 Aug. 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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