"La colazione"

Translation:The breakfast

May 24, 2013



So, is this breakfast... or lunch?

Surely it cant be both!


May 24, 2013


You discovered something interesting. According to wikipedia and my dictionary:

Il pasto di metà giornata si chiama pranzo (o seconda colazione). / The midday meal is called lunch (or second breakfast) :D

Also colazione di lavoro = working lunch

But just remember "La colazione = the breakfast" and "il pranzo" = "lunch" :)

May 24, 2013


We never use "seconda colazione" , we always say only "pranzo" (midday meal).

August 26, 2016



July 19, 2013


I've also heard "la colazione" used to describe a snack/light meal had around 11. So perhaps it also covers the idea of a late breakfast which we just call brunch.

August 31, 2014


I don't think Italians have a word for that. I presume if they use it, they use it in its original form. https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brunch

September 4, 2013


The term "brunch" originated in the French Market in New Orleans. The food market had to be open early for customers. The vendors were not able to eat "breakfast" until late in the morning. I think Brennan's restaurant was the first to use the term "brunch".

November 14, 2014


It says breakfast!

September 28, 2017



May 14, 2019


I asked my friend from Italy and she had to look into the matter. Apparently, up until WWII, all meals used to be referred to as colazione, and, in restaurants, the meals were distinguished as the first meal, second meal, etc. This is now very old-fashioned, and in recent times, separate words are used for each meal. However, sometimes breakfast is still referred to as "first breakfast" as a holdover from the earlier practice, although now such a phrase is redundant.

August 30, 2013


"What about breakfast? ...What about second breakfast? Elevensies? Afternoon tea?"

August 30, 2013


Dinner? Supper?

August 30, 2013


I don't think he knows about second breakfast, Pip.

December 5, 2013


You forgot luncheon. :)

May 21, 2014


http://www.wordreference.com/iten/cena (pasto serale = evening meal)

September 4, 2013



September 3, 2015


A snack is generally uno spuntino, or una merenda, if it is eaten in the afternoon. (Notice the difference in gender between these).

Fare uno spuntino or far merenda is "to have a snack". Anyone who is familiar with the books of Andrea Camilleri, or even with the Inspector Montalbano DVDs, may remember "The Snack Thief". In Italian, this is titled "Il ladro di merendine", using the plural of the diminutive form merendina.

The English word snack is actually found in Italy too, though in a slightly different sense ; uno snack-bar is a place to go and have something to eat. This could also be called una tavola calda or una tavola fredda, depending on whether it primarily serves hot or cold food.

Have a look here to find out about about this: http://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english-italian/snack http://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english-italian/snack-bar http://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/italian-english/spuntino http://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/italian-english/merenda http://www.garzantilinguistica.it/en/search/?q=spuntino http://www.garzantilinguistica.it/en/search/?q=merenda http://www.garzantilinguistica.it/en/search/?q=snack

I hope this helps.

January 30, 2016


Thanks. That explains, why my italian grandmother always called breakfast "la prima colazione".

August 11, 2017


"Colazione" always makes me smile, because its very similar to Polish "kolacja" which in fact means "supper" ;) (both come from Latin "collatio")

February 21, 2014


And to french : collation, which simply means a snack.

June 30, 2015


I'm from Poland, so I immediately type "supper" :D

December 2, 2016


Brunch! This is brunch--Both breakfast and/or lunch. When I lived in Italy, colazione was always used as breakfast and pranzo was used for lunch. Maybe that's only in Le Marche.

January 6, 2014


Thank u very much you really helped me!!:-)

July 21, 2014


Showing my age, I guess, because i thought breakfast was still referred to as la prima colazione

January 9, 2015


Colazione or prima colazione is the same

April 17, 2015


Wait, hold the phone, I thought words ending with e (eh) are masculine???

March 4, 2015


No....this is feminine.

March 4, 2015


How is it Feminine???

March 5, 2015


Many words ending in -e are femininie, especialy when ending in -ione. As for colazione it comes from Latin collātiōnem, which is accusative singular of collātio and is ... feminine too.

August 4, 2015


We always use la prima colazione for breakfast in Northern Italy

March 2, 2017


As I recall in Rome, breakfast is called la prima colazione. Lunch is "pranzo" and dinner is "cena". If you invite someone to eat at your house, you'd better make plenty because it is not uncommon for people to bring a friend or two with them without telling you!

July 16, 2017


breakfast is 'la prima colazione' - colazione is just meal, which you mark as a mistake

July 18, 2017


It is not used as "meal" anymore in current italian.

The correct translation for meal is "pasto"

September 12, 2017


Is the difference here between breakfast and lunch similar to how in the southern US we might say breakfast/lunch/dinner or breakfast/dinner/supper?

July 28, 2013


So, just as a refresher (because I keep hearing that the speaker's pronunciation in this program is terrible): The z in colazione...Is it pronounced "ts" like "pizza" or "zz" like "buzz"? I'm constantly getting those two confused and I'd just like some clarification...

August 26, 2014


yeah .you are right. The z in colazione...it is pronounced "ts"

August 26, 2014


Primo collazione is breakfast! Collazione is meal

September 3, 2015


Colazione is breakfast, but prima colazione is also breakfast (just a more old fashioned way of saying it) - at least as far as I've been told.

Meal = il pasto.

Breakfast = la (prima) colazione Lunch = il pranzo Dinner = la cena

April 5, 2016


Mrs Beeton's 19th century cookery book spoke of "cold collations" (light meals offered to guests, usually when there was limited time to provide hot food). A collation, or juxtaposing, of ingredients. Is there a link with the word colazione? It seems likely.

November 15, 2017


Probably Latin, as are most. Breakfast is an informal meal of random foods placed together. Think to 'collate'..

November 15, 2017


This is confusing to me

May 8, 2018


Nobody cares about brunch

Colazione Pranzo

June 7, 2018


How do i know when to use "la" and "il", for example its il cane and la colazione, but both words end with an 'e'

December 23, 2018


Good question but I don't think there is a rule to follow so we just have to learn them all and get to know which is masc and which is fem.

March 27, 2019


Who says the breakfast

May 11, 2019


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