Meaning of “supper” in the English Dictionary

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"supper" in British English

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suppernoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˈsʌp.ər/ us /ˈsʌp.ɚ/

A2 a main meal eaten in the evening :

Why don't you come to/for supper tonight?
They had an early supper before going to the theatre.

UK a small meal eaten in the late evening:

We usually have tea at about 5.30 p.m. , then supper before we go to bed.

More examples

  • Why don't you ask your sister if she would like to join us for supper?
  • I'm ravenous - where's supper?
  • Give me a minute and I'll rustle something up for supper.
  • We're having a vegetable stir-fry for supper tonight.
  • I'm having beans on toast for supper.

(Definition of “supper” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"supper" in American English

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suppernoun [ C/U ]

us /ˈsʌp·ər/

a meal eaten in the evening, esp. when eaten at home and usually the main meal of the day:

[ C ] I usually heat a quick supper in the microwave when I get home from work.
[ U ] She has supper on the table (= it is ready to eat).

(Definition of “supper” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)