Where did the names breakfast, lunch and dinner come from?

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Breakfast came from the idea that it's been several hours since dinner or supper, so in the morning you eat to "break your fast." Break-fast.

The abbreviation lunch, in use from 1823, is taken from the more formal "Lunchentach, from 1580, as a word for a meal that was inserted between more substantial meals. In medieval Germany, there are references to nuncheontach, a non lunchentach, a noon draught— of ale, with bread— an extra meal between midday dinner and supper, especially during the long hours of hard labour during haying or early harvesting.

In Munich, by the 1730s and 40s, the upper class were rising later and dining at three or four in the afternoon, and by 1770 their dinner hour in Pomberano was four or five. A formal evening meal, artificially lit by candles, sometimes with entertainment, was a "supper party" as late as Regency times.

Dine is the short form of dinner. Some call it, Supper.

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  • William answered 5 years ago
    1. The word "breakfast" literally means "to break fast".
    A "fast", as you know, is a period of time where you don't eat. Most often, we relate that to extended periods of time -- Ghandi and all that business. But for us regular joes, the period of time when we don't eat is nighttime. We might be dreaming of eating, but by the most strict definition, we're "fasting" while we sleep.
    2. lunch n. A meal eaten at midday. The food provided for a midday meal. Since this was a meal over which men did business, and at which the men and women of ... that under the above name come a very great variety of meals; ...
    3. In Middle English dinner meant “breakfast,” as did the Old French word disner, or diner, which was the ..... Dinner is the name of the main meal of the day
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  • tfoxy44 answered 5 years ago
    It originates from the Middle English brekfast : breken, to break; break + faste, a fast (from Old Norse fasta, to fast; past- in Indo-European roots

    Luncheon, commonly abbreviated to lunch, is a midday meal.
    * Pronunciation: \ˈlən-chən\
    * Function: noun
    * Date: circa 1652
    *lunch especially a formal usually midday meal as part of a meeting or for entertaining a guest

    It comes from the French word "dîner."


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