Mostly I say supper b/c that's the what my parents called it. Every once in a while I use dinner though. British people sometimes call their mid-day meal 'dinner' and the evening meal is called 'supper', so maybe that's why my mom said supper. For me lunch is always the mid-day meal, regardless of size. I could eat a steak in the middle of the day and I'd still call it lunch, then have a cup of soup for supper and it would still be supper (not that I often eat like that!)
Yes, lunch is always the mid-day meal for us too, regardless of size. The evening meal is usually dinner, although my mom calls it supper so I probably say that sometimes too. To me, the two words are interchangeable to mean "evening meal".
The last meal of the day is "supper". The light meal around noon is "lunch". On Sundays we don't have "supper"... we have "dinner". Dinner is eaten usually 1-2 p.m. and it would be the same as "supper" if it was served at suppertime... but it can't be called "lunch" because a) it's after lunchtime and b) it's a big/hot supper-like meal.... but if we had a big hot meal at noon, we'd probably still call it "lunch" as long as we still ate supper at suppertime... if we didn't, we might call it "dinner".
How's that for confusing??
Oh and the big Thanksgiving and Christmas meals are also called dinner regardless of what time they are eaten... "what did you have for Thanksgiving/Christmas supper" sounds funny LOL
Lunch is mid-day. Supper and dinner are the same to me...evening meal. (And Thanksgiving dinner is at 5:00 or later!)
My in-laws sometimes eat dinner super early and I never know what to call that. One weekend, years ago, I told my husband to ask if they could join us for dinner at a restaurant nearby and he said they were only available at 4, and I had to say that I had no idea what meal that was and it wouldn't work. I can't wait til then to eat lunch, and I will be starving all night if I eat dinner then.
I've never heard of dinner being at lunchtime! Funny. I read a lot of British books growing up, maybe I misunderstood what meals they were talking about.
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