Dear Queenie,

  What is the difference between the words “dinner” and “supper”? Or do they both mean the same thing?—Confused

Dear Confused,

  “Dinner” refers to the main meal of the day, which most people have at the end of the day, but which could be served earlier, perhaps around noon. It also refers to a large formal banquet such as is served at a special occasion like a wedding, or on a holiday.

  “Supper” refers to a lighter, less formal, meal eaten in the evening.