Definition of supper in English:


Syllabification: sup·per
Pronunciation: /ˈsəpər


An evening meal, typically a light or informal one: we had a delicious cold supper I was sent to bed without any supper
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  • It was obviously meant for family meals or private informal suppers with friends.
  • Originating in London, the spa towns and developing seaside resorts to provide entertainment for their seasonal influx of visitors, Assemblies consisted of a concert followed by dancing, card games and a light supper.
  • They will be greeted with a light supper before heading to the local pub for a drink.
dinner, evening meal, main meal; snack, mealtime
formal repast
literary refection


Middle English: from Old French super 'to sup' (used as a noun) (see sup2).


sing for one's supper

Earn a favor or benefit by providing a service in return: the cruise lecturers are academics singing for their supper
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  • But I sometimes wonder what it would be like to just be a normal guest, rather than someone who sings for their supper.
  • Though ostensibly a study of contemporary trends, the programme relied almost exclusively on picturesque images from the long-gone era of horse-drawn wagons, roadside tinsmithery and jolly beggarmen singing for their supper.
  • Reason is I'm doing a bit of network support for a friend while I'm there - singing for my supper, as it were.



More example sentences
  • I threw everything out on the floor of the hotel room, crawled shivering and supperless to bed and lay in a miserable huddle.
  • Nearly two hundred and fifty years ago, Benjamin Franklin observed that it is ‘better to go to bed supperless than wake up in debt.’
  • The men had no water to drink and no food to eat, for they had no water in which to cook their rice, so they went thirsty and supperless to bed.

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