[ suhp-er ]
/ ˈsʌp ər /


the evening meal, often the principal meal of the day.
any light evening meal, especially one taken late in the evening: an after-the-theater supper.


of or relating to supper: the supper dishes.
for, during, or including supper: a supper party.

Origin of supper

1225–75; Middle English sup(p)er < Old French souper, noun use of souper to sup1

Related forms

sup·per·less, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for supper

British Dictionary definitions for supper


/ (ˈsʌpə) /


an evening meal, esp a light one
an evening social event featuring a supper
sing for one's supper to obtain something by performing a service


(tr) rare to give supper to
(intr) rare to eat supper

Derived Forms

supperless, adjective

Word Origin for supper

C13: from Old French soper; see sup 1
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Idioms and Phrases with supper


see sing for one's supper.

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