|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 |
"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.
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.)