Do you call your midday meal lunch or dinner?

Print Friendly

We all know how confusing the English language is, and coupled with regional variations it is quite surprising that we manage to communicate so effectively.  Or do we?

When my mother-in-law invited me round for dinner I was slightly confused as to whether she meant dinner at lunchtime, or dinner in the evening.  And then there’s the evening meal, which can be tea, supper or dinner!

The ladies who serve meals at lunchtime in schools have always been called ‘dinner ladies’ as opposed to ‘lunch ladies’, however if you took your own to school in a container it was called a ‘lunch box’.

So is it a matter of personal choice? Or is there a right and a wrong?

Do you call your midday meal lunch or dinner?

617 people have already voted, what's your opinion? Lunch Dinner

What are your views?

We'd love to hear your comments

Not a member?

Join the silversurfers community today! It's free, easy to do, and is packed full of features and amazing offers!

Join the community!
Click here if you have forgotten your password
15th Aug 2015
Thanks for voting!
The more common you are the more likely it will be that lunch will be called dinner and dinner will be tea. And when eating out, at any time, you will say, 'we went for a meal.'
31st Jul 2015
Thanks for voting!
When dining out it's 'I'm going out for lunch' or 'we're going out to dinner'. C'est Ca
20th Jul 2015
Thanks for voting!
Breakfast, brunch, lunch, tea, dinner, supper and midnight feast. In that order. Then slimmers anonymous...
Patricia Imelda
17th Jul 2015
Thanks for voting!
As a child we always had dinner and tea but now I have lunch and tea.
14th Jul 2015
Thanks for voting!
It's always been lunch in our house!
14th Jul 2015
Thanks for voting!
Dinner is the evening meal.
4th Jul 2015
Thanks for voting!
I was taught by my Grandmother that the order of meals is:
Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Tea, Dinner and Supper.
3rd Jul 2015
Thanks for voting!
When I was young we had our 'dinner' in the middle of the day and our evening meal was called 'tea'. Dinner was our main meal of the day, my Dad cycled home from his work and we had our meat and two veg. Tea would be something light like soup, cooked meats and salads, eggs/cheese on toast etc.
As people's work patterns changed, and more women went out to work, that's when a lot ofpeople started having their main meal at night. The evening meal then became 'dinner', although some people still call it 'tea', and the midday meal became lunch.
4th Jul 2015
Thanks for voting!
I agree with you. We always said dinner (midday) and tea for our main meal after school. When i was working it was a working lunch and an evening meal. Things change and we have to accept that or be left behind
3rd Jul 2015
Thanks for voting!
If we have roast dinner around 1pm on a Sunday the grandchildren say "Are we having dinner at lunchtime today?" So now it seems to depend on what type of meal it is. Cooked gravy type meal or something light like eggs on toast.
Plus I have noticed pizza doesn't seem to come into any category, it is just Pizza as far as the little ones are concerned!
3rd Jul 2015
Thanks for voting!
When I'm a 'lady who lunches' it's always in the middle of the day, not in the evening!
30th Jun 2015
Thanks for voting!
Lunch is lunch...what else could it be. If I said to a friend lets have dinner tomorrow and then turned up at lunchtime there would be nobody else there???? Dinner time is in the evening...always has been as far as I know!
27th Jun 2015
Thanks for voting!
I was always told Breakfast is just That It`s a "break from fasting" (after sleep)
Dinner is always midday
Tea Time .. usually 4 ..5 pm
Supper 9 pm. then Bed by 10.30 pm....
"Told me by my Mother" when I was young

Early to bed ..early to rise.. Makes you "Healthy Wealthy, and Wise"
Told to me by "Big Eggo" Beano Comic... all these in approx... 1940s
25th Jun 2015
Thanks for voting!
Dinner. i always have done. My mum and dad in their late 80s and they still call it dinner and always have done so we as kids always call it dinner as well and then early evening we call tea. My kids in their 20s think its crazy which it is as they always say Dad-lunch is at lunch time in the middle of the day and dinner is at dinner time in the evening and not at lunchtime?

Community Terms & Conditions

Content standards

These content standards apply to any and all material which you contribute to our site (contributions), and to any interactive services associated with it.

You must comply with the spirit of the following standards as well as the letter. The standards apply to each part of any contribution as well as to its whole.

Contributions must:

be accurate (where they state facts); be genuinely held (where they state opinions); and comply with applicable law in the UK and in any country from which they are posted.

Contributions must not:

contain any material which is defamatory of any person; or contain any material which is obscene, offensive, hateful or inflammatory; or promote sexually explicit material; or promote violence; promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age; or infringe any copyright, database right or trade mark of any other person; or be likely to deceive any person; or be made in breach of any legal duty owed to a third party, such as a contractual duty or a duty of confidence; or promote any illegal activity; or be threatening, abuse or invade another’s privacy, or cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety; or be likely to harass, upset, embarrass, alarm or annoy any other person; or be used to impersonate any person, or to misrepresent your identity or affiliation with any person; or give the impression that they emanate from us, if this is not the case; or advocate, promote or assist any unlawful act such as (by way of example only) copyright infringement or computer misuse.

Nurturing a safe environment

Our Silversurfers community is designed to foster friendships, based on trust, honesty, integrity and loyalty and is underpinned by these values.

We don't tolerate swearing, and reserve the right to remove any posts which we feel may offend others... let's keep it friendly!

More Speakers Corner

Where do you think the extra runway should be built - Heathrow or Gatwick? Airplane touch down on runway during sunset
Since the 1970s various UK governments have been debating how to expand the UKs potential to...
Are the Government right to do a Pension U-turn? bigstock-Pensions-11274911
The government has done a huge U-turn on Pensions and scrapped the rights of 5 million pensioners...
Do city zoos still have a place in a modern society? gorilla in zoo
Last week’s incident at London Zoo, in which a male silverback gorilla escaped his enclosure...
Are hospital trusts cashing in on the sick? Ticket machine at the exit of a car park
Patients in England are being penalised with increasing parking charges with 30% of hospital...
Is BA trying to pull the wool over our eyes? BARCELONA SPAIN - DECEMBER 11: A British Airways Airbus A320 taking off on December 11 2014 in Barcelona. British Airways is the international airline of Great Britain with its headquarters in London.
Last week British Airways proudly announced that they will be partnering with Marks & Spencer...
Are we being ripped off? TERRY'S CHOCLATE ORANGE
It seems to happen every year now, that chocolate manufacturers start messing with our favourite...
If you were American would you vote for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton? July 27, 2016: Illustration showing Republican Donald Trump versus Democrat Hillary Clinton face-off for American president with words Election 2016 on isolated white background done in stencil retro art style.
Last night was the first of three of the big TV debates between Hillary Clinton and Donald...
Will you still watch The Great British Bake Off without Mary Berry? Mary Berry
Earlier this month we asked our Silversurfers should the  Great British Bake Off should remain...
Do you prefer the new £5 note? chuchill-sterling-note
A new plastic £5 note that features Sir Winston Churchill and can survive a spin in the washing...
Should all cats wear a bell-collar? Closeup frontal view of calico cat with its recently caught wild bird.
According to statistics, there are 8.1 million cats in the UK that kill 275 million "prey items...
Had you planned to retire earlier than you are now able to? Worried senior woman, an elderly pensioner counting utility bills at her home, concept of financial security in old age
Changes in 1995 and 2011 to the state pension age mean women born on or after April 6, 1951 can...
Blue or Burgundy passports? biometric passport on a page of visas
It has just been announced by a Home Office Minister that the old blue passports for UK residents...
Should The Great British Bake Off remain with the BBC? WARNING: Embargoed for publication until: 28/07/2015 - Programme Name: The Great British Bake Off - TX: n/a - Episode: n/a (No. 1) - Picture Shows: +++Publication of this image is strictly embargoed until 00.01 hours Tuesday July 28th 2015+++ Paul Hollywood, Sue Perkins, Mel Giedroyc, Mary Berry, The Great British Bake Off contestants - (C) Love Productions - Photographer: Mark Bourdillon
First Top Gear, then The Voice and now Great British Bake Off. The BBC has lost the contract to...
Do you support the Junior Doctor's latest planned 5 day strike? Doctor. Close-up. Doctor hands crossed with stethoscope.
There is continuing unrest in hospitals as we hear today that Junior Doctors have more plans to...
Should an immediate ban on microbeads in toiletries be imposed? Illustration of lotion bottle with zoomed in particles of microbeads or lotion
Many cosmetics and toiletries such as shower gels and anti-ageing creams, scrubs and even...
Do you take HRT? Menopause - diagnosis written on a white piece of paper. Syringe and vaccine with drugs.
Following more than a decade of controversy, today we wake up to the news that hormone replacement...
Should the Government create more Grammar Schools? Portrait of three students: two girls and a boy in the middle of them. They're looking at camera and smiling. Blackboard behind them.
Theresa May and Justine Greening the new Education Secretary have said they would like to open...
Is Climate Change really happening? The Effect of Global Warming is shown on a landscape
The weather is an obsession with the British and no wonder with all the changes we get during our...