Dinner — also called supper — is the third meal of the day. It's the main meal, the one families often try to have together at the end of the day.

If you skipped breakfast and lunch, then you probably can't wait for dinner: you must be starving! Dinner has always been the main meal, but it used to be served in the middle of the day and supper was last. Now that dinner is in the evening, too, supper and dinner are almost the same thing in the United States — you might go to a dinner in honor of someone, but not a supper, which wouldn't be as fancy.

Definitions of dinner

n the main meal of the day served in the evening or at midday

dinner will be at 8”
“on Sundays they had a large dinner when they returned from church”
high tea
substantial early evening meal including tea
Type of:
meal, repast
the food served and eaten at one time

n a party of people assembled to have dinner together

“guests should never be late to a dinner party”
dinner party
banquet, feast
a ceremonial dinner party for many people
an annual dinner party given by an employer for the employees
(Britain) a celebratory reunion feast or entertainment held a college
Type of:
a group of people gathered together for pleasure

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