Hmm . . . this seems mostly right, but I'm not sure it's completely right. I believe the main variants in the US are
I'm not sure if dinner is necessarily the larger meal in the last case. Dinner for lunch is something I've heard of but haven't really heard personally. Supper and dinner tend to be more interchangeable, but I've read of dinner being scorned as a yankeeism for supper. It was not clear whether the implication was that dinner itself was an intrusion, or just the usage of dinner to mean supper. -dmh 16:03, 17 May 2004 (UTC)
Here's a good run-down: http://www.randomhouse.com/wotd/index.pperl?date=20010501 -dmh 16:07, 17 May 2004 (UTC)
- In Australia it's usually breakfast/lunch/tea or breakfast/lunch/dinner. "Tea" seems to be losing ground on "dinner" but I'm out of touch living with foreigners. Supper is an extra snack later than dinner or maybe instead of dinner if you missed it.
- "Dinner" is sometimes used to refer to lunch, especially if it's a big, cooked meal like a Sunday roast. This leaves open the possibility of breakfast/dinner/tea but I can't be sure if people really use that system. — Hippietrail 16:11, 17 May 2004 (UTC)
- I can say as an Australian breakfast/dinner/tea is certainly how I was brought up. Sabretoof 21:37, 18 September 2010 (UTC)
- I too can say as an Australian that dinner was referred to as the main meal of the day, whether it was the midday meal or the evening meal. Now, however, I am encountering many fellow Australian who insist that dinner is the evening meal irrespective of whether it is the main meal or a light meal. Skelta
- Heh.. I grew up in w:Chattanooga, a breakfast/dinner/supper region (and indeed so it was written on the university's cafeteria menus). "Dinner" is not necessarily the largest meal in such a circumstance; in my experience it was just treated as either a synonym for "lunch" or "supper" depending on the speaker. (My family used "dinner" only, leaving "supper" as a disambiguation word.) —Muke Tever 16:39, 17 May 2004 (UTC)