whats the difference between dinner and supper?

Germany
April 24, 2007 9:23am CST
Im a bit confused i grew up saying dinner all the time even if its 6pm or 7pm or 11pm but they said we can call it dinner if its between 5-8pm and supper if its 9pm until late nights. what do you think about this?
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@lightningMD (5937)
• United States
24 Apr 07
I think it just depends on where you live and what your family says. In our house we had breakfast, lunch, ans supper. If you said dinner it was in reference to something more special like sunday dinner. Or you had company over to dinner not supper. I fid myself using dinner more for our evening meal than supper as I grow older...
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@r0131n (357)
24 Apr 07
I tend to be the same calling dinner as a more formal meal at night or if I'm inviting friends. I use supper if its mainly just me eating. :o)
@gabesmom (1246)
• United States
24 Apr 07
Dinner refers to the heaviest meal of the day while supper means the evening meal. In some areas, lunch is dinner since it is their biggest meal. For others, dinner is supper.
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• Germany
24 Apr 07
mmm thats one new fact about dinner and supper! thanx gabesmom
@lilaclady (28270)
• Australia
24 Apr 07
All the different names for meals is very confuding, here in Australia dinner can also called tea that is the evening meal but then dinner can also be thought of as lunch the afternoon meal, I remember telling a friend I would be at her place for dinner about 3 pm O get a phone call asking why I didn't show up, dinner to my friend was lunch where dinner for me is the evening meal...supper would be after dinner.... :)
• Germany
24 Apr 07
owws thats more confusing.. in the philippines we only have breakfast-snacks-lunch-snacks-dinner and midnight snacks lol, thanx for responding lilaclady
@erikbench (169)
• Philippines
24 Apr 07
maybe "dinner" is commonly used by Englishmen, while "supper" is the word for Americans.. hehe.. dunno..
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@brimia (6588)
• United States
24 Apr 07
I guess I eat dinner, not supper. I don't like to eat really late. I might eat dinner at 5 and have a snack around 7.
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