Delicious Dinner Time Recipes
Dinner is usually the name of the main meal of the day. Depending upon
culture, dinner may be the second, third or fourth meal of the day.
Originally, though, it referred to the first meal of the day, eaten around
noon, and is still occasionally used for a noontime meal, if it is a large
or main meal.
Originally, dinner referred to the first meal of a
two-meal day, a heavy meal occurring about noon, which broke the night's
fast in the new day. The word is from the Old French (ca 1300) disner,
meaning "breakfast", from the stem of Gallo-Romance desjunare ("to break
one's fast"), from Latin dis- ("undo") + Late Latin ieiunare ("to fast"),
from Latin ieiunus ("fasting, hungry"). Eventually, the term shifted to
referring to the heavy main meal of the day, even if it had been preceded
by a breakfast meal. The (lighter) meal following dinner has traditionally
been referred to as supper or tea.
Which meal is it?
In some usages, the term dinner has continued to
refer to the largest meal of the day, even when this meal is eaten
at the end of the day and is preceded by two other meals. In
this terminology, the preceding meals are usually referred to as
breakfast and lunch. In some areas, this leads to a variable
name for meals depending on the combination of their size and the
time of day, while in others meal names are fixed based on the time
they are consumed. However, even in systems in which dinner is
the meal usually eaten at the end of the day, an individual dinner
may still refer to a main or more sophisticated meal at any time in
the day, such as a banquet, feast, or a special meal eaten on a
In Western Europe the fashionable hour for
dinner began to be incrementally postponed during the 18th century,
to two and three in the afternoon, until at the time of the First
French Empire an English traveler to Paris remarked upon the
"abominable habit of dining as late as seven in the evening".
"Dinner" sometimes denotes a formal meal where
people who dine together are formally dressed and consume food with
an array of utensils. Dinners are often divided into 3 courses.
Appetizers consisting of options such as soup, salad etc., followed
by the main course and finally the dessert.