I'm a beginner here, and I have a question about the evening/night meal, and this is my first question.

It's evening. The family is eating dinner.

  1. From when until when is it considered to be "evening" in English? And from when until when is it considered "night"? Are these completely distinct or are they overlapping concepts?
  2. I’m an Iranian. In Iran, we consider "evening" to run all the way from afternoon until sunset (4 pm – 8 pm), while "night" for us runs from right after sunset until the next sunrise; and we eat "dinner" at night, normally around 10 o’clock at night.

So, does one eat another meal after "dinner"? It seems to me that "dinner" is an evening meal and people eat it very soon, so it should be not the meal that people eat late at night, as we do in Iran.

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    Those who eat their dinner earlier, say at 6-8pm might eat a light supper later on. Colloquially, some in the UK refer to their mid-day meal as "dinner" and the evening meal as "supper". – Weather Vane Apr 26 at 16:46
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    Most people in America do not eat another meal after dinner regardless of whether they eat dinner at 5:00pm or 6:30pm or 8pm. If they get hungry again before bed they might have a snack before bed. And some people might get up out of bed to have a late-night snack. But there’s typically only one “meal” after lunch. – Jim Apr 26 at 16:52
  • Those who have a midday 'dinner' in the UK will probably have a later and perhaps more substantial 'tea' than others, and possibly a late supper. – Edwin Ashworth Apr 26 at 16:52
  • @Jim the "supper" I mentioned after the dinner is more likely a snack, not a formal meal. – Weather Vane Apr 26 at 16:53
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    It's difficult to cram it all in to one day : breakfast, elevenses, brunch, snack, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, supper and nightcap. – Nigel J Apr 26 at 19:43