[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. suplex,
  2. supp.,
  3. supp. rev. stat.,
  4. suppawn,
  5. suppedaneum,
  6. supper club,
  7. suppertime,
  8. suppiluliumas i,
  9. supplant,
  10. supplantation

Origin of supper

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

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

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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 Formssupperless, adjective

Word Origin for supper

C13: from Old French soper; see sup 1

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Word Origin and History for supper


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Idioms and Phrases with supper


see sing for one's supper.

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