A meal is an eating occasion that takes place at a specific time and includes specific, prepared food. Meals occur primarily at homes, restaurants, and cafeterias, but may occur anywhere. Regular meals occur on a daily basis, typically several times a day. Special meals are usually held in conjunction with such occasions as birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, and holidays. A meal is different from a snack in that meals are larger, more varied, and more filling than snacks.
Breakfast is usually eaten within an hour or two after a person wakes in the morning.
Lunch or dinner is eaten around mid-day, usually between 11 am and 2 pm. In some areas, the name will change between these two depending on the content of the meal.
Dinner or tea is a meal eaten in the evening. In some areas, the name will change between these two depending on the content of the meal.
Supper is often a meal eaten later in the evening, prior to retiring for bed.
The type of meal served or eaten at any given time varies by custom and location. Further, the names of meals are often interchangeable by custom as well, such as some will serve dinner as the main meal at midday, with supper as the late afternoon/early evening meal and others may call their midday meal lunch and their early evening meal supper. These can vary from region to region or even family to family.