Dinner vs. Supper

Do you know the difference between “dinner” and “supper”? Actually there’s is not much a difference between dinner and supper in American English.

Dinner or supper is the evening meal between 5 to 7 pm, or if later than that, more likely to be called as a “late dinner” or “late supper”. In some regions in the US, people call lunch (midday meal) to refer to dinner while others call dinner as supper. Either way, both regarded as the main meal of the day.

If you have a big meal as your midday meal – when most people call this midday meal as lunch – you most likely will have a light meal as supper later in the evening because your lunch was your dinner. But if you have a light meal as lunch, for example, sandwich, then in the evening you’ll have dinner as your big meal (main meal) and later in the evening you’ll have supper as the last meal of the day. Confused? Well, don’t be. 😀

The term supper was derived from the French word “souper” which is related to soup. Supper is usually a light evening meal (lighter than dinner) and is served late in the evening after dinner. It is regarded as the last meal of the day.

Although the term dinner and supper are interchangeably, we don’t say “Let’s go out for supper”, but we say “Let’s go out for dinner”.

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