We have plans for a late lunch / early dinner planned for 4:00 pm in mid December.

I would like to indicate that it's more than lunch and less than dinner. I have heard it called linder or linnder. Advice is sought on spelling.

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    This question appears to be off-topic because it is about an effectively non-existent portmanteau. Brunch, yes. Linner/Linder, no. – FumbleFingers Mar 7 '14 at 18:25
  • Anyway, why wouldn't it be lun-der? :-) – Kristina Lopez Mar 7 '14 at 18:26
  • This is appalling. – Jonas Mar 7 '14 at 18:27
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    I don't believe there a term for a meal which combines the midday and evening meals, as brunch combines the morning and midday. I would simply say it is a late lunch if before 3, an early dinner after 3 (substitute supper as needed in your area or dialect). A light meal consumed in addition to lunch or dinner could be an afternoon tea (or simply tea). – choster Mar 7 '14 at 18:31
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    For the record, "linner" is out there. It is not in common or widespread use, but I, for one, have heard it used informally (cf nypost.com/2010/06/13/the-ladies-who-linner). I am not at all suggesting it should be bandied about, but have others at least heard this term before? In my own experience, it would be understood by some (at least in context), contrary to RyeBread's assertion about "linder". – nxx Mar 7 '14 at 19:09

I would advise against Linder, which nobody will understand. Go with afternoon snack, early dinner, or happy hour.

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  • I'm not convinced by "happy hour". At least in the UK, that would be a time at which a pub/bar sells alcohol at a reduced price and I don't think anyone would associate it with eating. – David Richerby Mar 7 '14 at 22:15
  • @DavidRicherby - it would probably be only used for business occasions. I get emails from groups and people all the time saying, "Let's go out for happy hour." This usually start around 4 or 5 but could start as early as 3 and late as 6. You are right in it's usage though. – RyeɃreḁd Mar 7 '14 at 22:19

For a later-than-lunch meal that is not expected to be as hearty as dinner, I would go with:


See also "Lunch" vs. "dinner" vs. "supper" — times and meanings?

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    This is highly regional. In my area that would mean we are eating at around 8-9 PM. – RyeɃreḁd Mar 7 '14 at 19:58
  • @RyeBread, the accepted answer to the linked question acknowledges that it's a regional distinction. – Brian S Mar 7 '14 at 22:08

The two portmanteaus (portmanteaux?): Linner (Very late large lunch bordering on dinner) and Brinner (Breakfast food for dinner) are terms I have heard used on American television.

I would NOT go so far as to say they are wide-spread. I think people will understand your meaning, but it will depend upon context.

Linder on the other hand is an unmitigated disaster of a portmanteau. I have coined a term for words like this, a portminotaur. That's when you attempt to make a portmanteau but wind up with a monster instead!

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  • "Brunch" is well defined but would "linner" be a lunch-like dinner or a dinner-like lunch? – David Richerby Mar 7 '14 at 22:17
  • @DavidRicherby in what world is brunch well defined. I've seen brunch with a meat carving station, and I've seen nothing more than French toast and waffles, perhaps an omelette bar. As to which would it be, my answer is … yes. – David M Mar 7 '14 at 22:21
  • Meat being carved sounds a lot like a place that's trying to cater for people who might want lunch instead of brunch. – David Richerby Mar 7 '14 at 23:32
  • @David M.I hope you don't mind, but I will be unabashedly stealing the "portminotaur" word and its explanation :) – J A Terroba Mar 10 '14 at 12:14
  • @JATerroba Not at all! It is freely licensed for all to use. – David M Mar 10 '14 at 12:36

I think these uses only arose because of Seinfeld:

Separate point -- what do you actually mean by "more than lunch, less than dinner?" Amount of food? Heaviness of food? That is the message that you should focus on in choosing your replacement term.

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