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What do you call...?

a full meal eaten at around 3-4o'clock? Friends and I will often meet at this time for food out of necessity and /or convenience. Sometimes we call it "linner" or "lupper." Other than saying a late lunch or early dinner, is there an official name for such a meal in the middle of the afternoon?

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      1. Dinner....My understanding is that some countries have 4 meals a day.
        Breakfast, lunch, dinner and supper being around 6 - 8pm.

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        1. re: flylice2x

          hmmmm.. I was raised with the definitions that "dinner" was a late afternoon or evening meal that occurred before 8:00pm and "supper" was after 8. For the record, I grew up in California, and it seems to me the definition was also underscored in my junior high school home economics classes. People were big on manners and protocols when I grew up. '-)

          Edit: But there were regional variations too. We had neighbors who came to California during WWII from Arkansas, who called lunch "dinner" and dinner "supper." Things could get confusing.

          1. re: Caroline1

            Back home on the farm, the midday meal was "dinner" and was the largest meal. The evening meal was "supper" and often featured soup.

          1. re: phoebek

            We are late eaters so that would fall into the lunch category for us but I have called it linner in the past.

          2. It's called dinner.
            In a part of the middle-east, that I'm very familiar with where temperatures soar late in the morning, breakfast is served early and dinner is served at the time you're indicating.
            It's a healthy way to eat and I'm more inclined to do the same unless i'm going out with people who're used to dining later.

                1. re: Glencora

                  I can't tell if you're joking, but the running joke in our family uses that exact word! IT was coined for those vague holiday meals that always seem to fall between the hours of 2:00 pm and 4:30 pm. Great minds think alike :)

                2. evening wrecker? personally eating a full meal at this hour would be like putting an anvil in my back pocket......i would find a comfy spot, and remain there til the next day. Hence, I resist the temptation. thankfully, the city I live in (Portland, OR) is one of the best HH towns I have ever seen! great for cheap snacks and drinks, the perfect bridge from when I eat lunch(1-2pm) and dinner(830-10pm).

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                  1. re: nkeane

                    When we have our meal at 3-4 it combines lunch and dinner/supper like brunch does for breakfast and lunch so we haven't eaten lunch and won't be eating another meal later on.

                    Definitely not "snack" as it is a full meal, just eaten at what in NA is considered an odd time. I'm sure those people who say dinner are correct but I've gotten used to using the word as a later-day meal so friends would assume I meant after 6 p.m. Tea may well work.

                    Thanks for the responses so far.

                    1. "Comida", here in Mexico. We've adapted somewhat and usually eat dinner/comida at 2 or 3.

                      1. If you need to use a silly term, sinner would also work, as it's between supper (lunch) and dinner (later meal).

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                        1. re: Caralien

                          I wasn't looking for a silly term, I wanted to know if there was an "official" title.

                        2. Luner. (pronounced Loo-Ner)

                          1. If you live in Del Boca Vista Florida you call that "late night dining."

                            1. In rural Minnesota that would be called "lunch" -- dinner is at noon or 1 PM and supper is in the evening after chores are done, so any meal that doesn't match that is "lunch".

                              "I'm having the girls over for a little lunch around four." (Notice that "little" is just self-deprecatory and it could range from a couple of plates of cookies and coffee to a full-on meal featuring a hotdish and a vegetable.)

                              You could also call it "tea", but afternoon tea in England is not normally a dinner-sized meal with savouries. "High tea" is a little later than that and is more like a full meal -- it's the substitute for afternoon tea and the evening meal. Also, if you call it "high tea" there's the danger that someone will think you're from Yorkshire.