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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Recent Examples on the Web At supper time a cinnamon black bear came around and my mate threw logs at him. Justin Ray, Los Angeles Times, 15 Sep. 2021 The supper clubs swiftly sold out, and Alarnab's lunchtime falafel bars became a word-of-mouth hit, attracting crowds and long lines. CNN, 22 Sep. 2021 For another easy method of preparing salmon, this sheet-pan supper of baked salmon and vegetables gives you an entire meal while using just one pan. Patricia S York, Southern Living, 20 Feb. 2021 The chefs operated a series of supper clubs and pop-ups throughout the DMV (and Baltimore) through 2019, and were the chefs of Som Tam restaurant in Union Market, which opened in July 2019 and closed in March 2020 when the pandemic began. Washington Post, 17 Sep. 2021 The Streamline Moderne-style showplace that opened in 1938 was one of Hollywood’s most boisterous supper clubs and was known more recently as a soundstage for Nickelodeon Studios. Los Angeles Times, 8 July 2021 Before the pandemic, Ibraheem charged hundreds of dollars per plate to her underground supper clubs, where guests bought dinner tickets for a location revealed just before the event. Genevieve Bookwalter,, 29 June 2021 Their motivation may be seeing a moose or bear or catching a sunny for supper. Star Tribune, 11 June 2021 Concertgoers are encouraged to bring blankets, chairs and a picnic supper. Jon Bream, Star Tribune, 6 July 2021

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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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The first known use of supper was in the 13th century

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14 Oct 2021

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“Supper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of supper

: the evening meal
: a social event especially for raising money that takes place in the evening and includes a meal
: 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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