supper

noun

sup·​per ˈsə-pər How to pronounce supper (audio)
1
a
: 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.
Recent Examples on the Web His excitement at finding both a romantic and creative partner kicks up another notch when his father reveals that Simon’s mother Claire (Anne-Marie Cadieux), a celebrated opera diva, is coming to Montreal to perform and wants to have supper with her children. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 May 2024 The fruit salad arrived as the first course on this week’s Tuesday supper menu at Rustic Canyon in Santa Monica. Jenn Harris, Los Angeles Times, 19 May 2024 Hollywood is literally singing for its supper, and ad tiers have found their way into every major streamer — two of them, Amazon and Netflix, participating in this dog and pony show for the very first time. Mikey O'Connell, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 May 2024 The gala originated in 1948 as a midnight supper called the Costume Institute Benefit and has burgeoned over time into a major cultural event that uses clothing as an intellectual marker of historical epochs, social and political movements, and evolving perspectives on good taste and beauty. TIME, 6 May 2024 Except, right after this last supper, Mom takes off. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 30 Apr. 2024 This new iteration of the restaurant is set menu only ($95 per person at supper; $50 per person at lunch). Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, 24 Apr. 2024 Get The Recipe 38 of 42 Beefy Baked Ravioli with Spinach and Cheese This skillet supper is a new favorite in our weeknight roundup. Mary Shannon Wells, Southern Living, 16 Apr. 2024 The district prepares 8,500 meals daily for 7,600 students across 15 school sites — breakfast, lunch and even supper options for youth in after-school sports and activities. Adam Beam, Fortune, 4 Apr. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

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

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

Dictionary Entries Near supper

Cite this Entry

“Supper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/supper. Accessed 28 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

supper

noun
sup·​per ˈsəp-ər How to pronounce supper (audio)
1
a
: the evening meal especially when dinner is eaten at midday
b
: a social affair having a supper
2
: a light meal served late in the evening
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