Supper or Dinner? What’s the difference?

Supper or Dinner? What’s the difference?

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In parts of the US, supper and dinner are used interchangeably to refer to the evening meal, but elsewhere dinner is the midday meal, akin to lunch, and supper, the evening meal. What do these words really mean?

The word dinner does not necessarily imply the time of day. Depending on where you are, it may mean the midday meal or the evening meal, but it always refers to the main meal of the day. The word dinner comes from the Vulgar Latin word disjējūnāre meaning “to break one’s fast.”

Supper, on the other hand, is associated with the evening. It comes from the Old French word souper meaning “evening meal.” It has traditionally been used in the context of the last meal taken by Jesus before his crucifixion, known as the Last Supper.

So if someone asks you over for dinner, how do you know what time they expect you? That may depend on where you are. In 1828, Noah Webster wrote that “The dinner of fashionable people would be the supper of rustics,” reflecting the prominence of dinner as the term for a midday meal in some rural parts of the country. Regardless of time of day, if you are going over for dinner, you can expect a feast.

More recent data from Google suggest that use of the word supper has been declining since the beginning of the 1900s, while the use of lunch has been increasing. Dinner holds the top spot on the lexical food chain as the most widely used term of the three. Which term do you use most often?

source: dictionary.com

Dinner or supper? Here are a few nice expressions for you with both.

1. Dinner is served. - It is time to eat dinner. Please come to the table. – Gyertek enni! A vacsora tálalva.

2. to take someone out to dinner - to take someone as one's guest to a meal at a restaurant – elvinni valakit vacsorázni

3. be done like a dog's dinner - to be completely defeated – csúnyán legyőzték, megverték

4. a dog's breakfast/dinner - something that has been done very badly - kontármunka

5. done up/dressed up like a dog's dinner - wearing clothes which make you look silly when you have tried to dress for a formal occasion – alkalomhoz nem illően öltözni egy eseményre

6. have done/seen/had more something than somebody has had hot dinners - to have done, seen, had something many times, so that you have had more experience of it than the person you are talking to – nagyon tapasztaltnak lenni egy bizonyos területen valakihez képest

7. dinner basket or breadbasket - the belly; the stomach - has

8. Hope is a good breakfast but a bad supper. - It is good to start the day feeling hopeful, but if none of the things you hope for come to pass by the end of the day, you will feel disappointed. (Can be used to warn someone against hoping for something that is unlikely to happen.) – Nyugtával dicsérd a napot! Ne igyál előre a medve bőrére!

9. shoot one's supper or breakfast - to empty one's stomach; to vomit - hányni

10. sing before breakfast, you'll cry before supper - If you wake up feeling very happy, your mood will change before the end of the day  - Nyugtával dicsérd a napot, attól, hogy jól indul, még nem biztos, hogy jól is fejeződik be

11. sing for your supper - to do something for someone else in order to receive something in return – megdolgozni valamiért cserében

Vocabulary

interchangeably

felcserélhetően

midday

dél, déli

akin

hasonló

to imply

utalni valamire

main meal

főétkezés

fast

böjt

crucifixion

keresztre feszítés

Last Supper

Utolsó vacsora

to depend on

függ valamitől

rustic

paraszt

to reflect

tükrözni

prominence

előtérben levés, prominencia

rural

vidéki, falusi

regardless of

valamitől függetlenül

feast

lakoma, bőséges étkezés

to decline

hanyatlani

to increase

emelkedni

food chain

tápláléklánc

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