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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
In the fourteenth century breakfast hour was five; dinner, nine; supper, four. (Chaucer’s Works.)   1
   In the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries the breakfast hour was seven; dinner, eleven; supper, six. (Wright: Domestic Manners.)   2
   Towards the close of the sixteenth century dinner advanced to noon.   3
   In Ireland the gentry dined at between two or three in the early part of the eighteenth century. (Swift: Country Life.)   4

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