So, you read my last post 14 Common Synonyms For ‘Meal? Now you want to push your vocabulary further?!

OK! You're brave and I like it!

Here are 14 less common synonyms for ‘meal'. These nouns are not used as often as the nouns in my other post, but I'm sure you already know one or two of these words!

Remember that ‘meal' is an occasion when you eat:

  • How many meals do you eat each day? 
  • I eat three big meals most days with a small snack between lunch and dinner.

Less Commonly Used Nouns For Meals


BANQUET (n) a big formal meal (usually with many different dishes) prepared for many people. A banquet is usually served on an important or special occasion.

  • To celebrate the end of the tour, a huge banquet was held in our honour.

BARBIE (n) a informal word for barbecue, commonly used in Australia.

  • Some friends are coming to our house on Saturday for a barbie, you should come too!

BUFFET (n) a large meal where all the food is put on a table and the guests serve themselves. Often hotels have buffets where everyone pays the same amount, but you can eat as much as you want.

  • They have a lunch special at the Regency Hotel on Sunday, a seafood buffet. Can we go?

CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST (n) a breakfast commonly served at hotels. It includes bread and butter, pastries, juice and either coffee or tea.

  • Would you like the full breakfast or the continental breakfast?

ENGLISH BREAKFAST (n) a large traditional English breakfast meal served hot. It usually includes eggs, bacon, toast. Sometimes called ‘Full Breakfast’ or ‘Cooked Breakfast’.

  • I’ll order the English breakfast and a cup of coffee please.

FEAST (n) a large meal, usually to celebrate something.

  • They are preparing a big feast to celebrate their wedding day.

HIGH TEA (n) a British word, similar to afternoon tea. Usually it consists of sandwiches, pastries, cakes and hot tea.

  • I’m taking my mum out for high tea to celebrate her birthday.

 LIQUID LUNCH (n) a lunch where you consume a lot of alcohol and not much food! It is a humorous term.

  • I expect today’s lunch will be a liquid lunch. You know how much Peter likes red wine… 

PACKED LUNCH (n) food that you make at home and take with you to school or work to eat for lunch.

  • We’re going to get a sandwich downstairs, want to come? No thanks, I’ve got a packed lunch today.

POT-LUCK (n) a gathering of people (similar to a barbeque or picnic) where each person in the group brings their own dish of food to be shared with everyone.

  • He’s having a pot-luck dinner at his house tomorrow night, so all you need to do is bring your favourite dish!

PUDDING (n) what British people call ‘dessert'.

  • You can have pudding if you finish eating your vegetables! 

READY MEAL (n) a meal that you buy that has been cooked, so all you need to do is heat it before you eat it. Ready Meal is used in British English and TV Dinner is often used in American English.

  • Lucky I’ve got some ready meals in the freezer – I really don’t want to cook tonight.

 SCHOOL DINNER (n) a meal served to students in schools in Britain for lunch.

  • The school dinners served at my school aren’t very nice.

SMORGASBORD (n) similar to a buffet, this is a meal there food is put on a table so that people can take what they want.

  • There was so much food at Sarah and Pauls place last night – there was a smorgasbord of different dishes.

SPREAD (n) a meal with many different dishes.

  • Wow Jenny, this really is a fantastic spread. It all looks delicious!

SUPPER (n) a synonym for ‘dinner‘, although it is usually served later in the evening. 

  • If you're coming home late tonight, I'll leave your supper in the fridge. 

Now, test your knowledge! Which ‘meal noun' best describes the three pictures below? (HINT: There could be more than one answer!) Write your answers in the comments box below!

Can you guess which meal these dishes are eaten at?