a. An evening meal; dinner.
b. A light or informal evening meal, especially when dinner is taken at midday.
c. A light meal eaten before going to bed.
2. A dance or social affair where supper is served.
[Middle English, from Old French souper, to sup, supper; see SUP2.]
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