Norwegian for dinner


I had already learned "frokost" = "breakfast" and "lunsj" = "lunch".

Today "middag" came up as "dinner".

I had the sentence: "Breakfast, lunch and dinner" to translate.

The answer was "Frokost, lunsj og middag"

Is this right?

In German "Mittag" is "midday", so I'd have thought "middag" is the Norwegian equivalent, and that here "dinner" was in the sense of an evening meal?

July 25, 2019


Middag is dinner. In the olden times you would start working on the fields at sunrise, which is very early in Norway during summer.. say, five in the morning. Or maybe a bit later, but in any case you would have hard physical work and your main meal would be at noon or maybe an hour later at the most. Thus 'middag' (which indeed means 'mid day'). As society changed the time for the main meal would shift, particularly for industry workers, so that now dinner is served shortly after your work finishes. Somewhen between 16 and 17:30 typically. It's still called 'middag' though.

July 25, 2019

Thank you for your explanation!

July 25, 2019

Right on. When I moved to Norway, I found eating times quite different from where I came from. (What was expected on the plate was a completely different thing). My “job” in my new family was to prepare all the “meals” for the day. Four. Breakfast, food for the boys to take to school, something to eat when they came back from school and the infamous “midday”. We lived (still do) on a farm so there were a lot of chores for the boys to do in late afternoon and my wife was tired after a day teaching vulnerable children, so we ate a bit later, say 6:30/7:00. Still earlier than when I lived elsewhere. D.

July 25, 2019

Interestingly, I am from a part of the US where there are still some German and Norwegian ties. The older generation refers to the three meals as breakfast, dinner and supper there. Dinner is the biggest meal and is in the afternoon with a smaller meal before bed. "Lunch" only ever referred to a school lunch or a picnic lunch. I am wondering if this is where that oddity of my home area came from . . .

The younger people use breakfast, lunch and dinner, and that is what I am used to now.

July 29, 2019
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