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Dinner is a term with several meanings.
A more general definition of "dinner," especially outside North America, is any meal consisting of multiple courses. The minimum is usually two but here can be as many as seven. Possible courses are:
- Hors d'oeuvres (also known as Appetisers, Starters)
- Soup course
- Fish course
- Salad course
- Main course (also known as Meat course)
- Dessert course (also known as the Sweet or Pudding course)
- Cheese course
Dinner is generally followed by tea or coffee, sometimes served with mint chocolates or other sweets, or with brandy or a digestif. When dinner consists of many courses, these tend to be smaller and to be served over a longer time period than a dinner with only two or three courses. Dinners with many courses tend to occur at formal events such as dinner parties or banquets.
The meal is generally served in the evening, starting some time between 7:30 and 8:30 (in the Netherlands typically at 6:00). It may be served at midday or shortly afterwards. However this tends to be more common practice in Scotland than in other countries.