the evening meal, often the principal meal of the day.
any light evening meal, especially one taken late in the evening: an after-the-theater supper.
of or pertaining to supper: the supper dishes.
for, during, or including supper: a supper party.

1225–75; Middle English sup(p)er < Old French souper, noun use of souper to sup1

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World English Dictionary
supper (ˈsʌpə)
1.  an evening meal, esp a light one
2.  an evening social event featuring a supper
3.  sing for one's supper to obtain something by performing a service
4.  rare (tr) to give supper to
5.  rare (intr) to eat supper
[C13: from Old French soper; see sup1]

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Word Origin & History

c.1275, "the last meal of the day," from O.Fr. super "supper," noun use of super "to eat the evening meal," which is of Gmc. origin (see sup (1)).
"Formerly, the last of the three meals of the day (breakfast, dinner, and supper); now applied to the last substantial meal of the day when dinner is taken in the middle of the day, or to a late meal following an early evening dinner. Supper is usually a less formal meal than late dinner." [OED]
Applied since c.1300 to the last meal of Christ.
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Bible Dictionary

Supper definition

the principal meal of the day among the Jews. It was partaken of in the early part of the evening (Mark 6:21; John 12:2; 1 Cor. 11:21). (See LORD'S SUPPER.)

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Idioms & Phrases


see sing for one's supper.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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Example sentences
But his jailers gave him too much food for lunch and not enough for supper.
When supper is over, the floor is thrown open for guests.
It's strictly catch and release, so the thrill is still there but not the
  delicious fried fish supper at the end of the day.
Paired with a salad, they make a handsome, satisfying entrée for lunch or a
  simple supper.
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