I got a question about the meaning of "tea" in the below sentence.
They ate KitKats for breakfast, dinner and tea.
What does that "tea" mean?
I suppose tea has the meaning of dinner in Britain but if the "tea" should have that meaning, it would sound odd, because it comes after "dinner and."
Or is it about the drink?
The names of meals in England vary regionally and socially.
Breakfast = first meal of the day
Lunch / Dinner = main meal, usually taken around midday
Tea = light meal, usually tea with a sweet biscuit/cake, taken around 4.00pm-6.00pm. However, the name is also used in some regions to mean the evening meal >> Supper/Dinner = meal taken in the mid-evening.
In your example it is the light afternoon meal that is intended.
I'd thought that all British people used the word "tea" for dinner.
Now I understand it depends.
However, it still seems a bit strange to me because the order of the three words is not, say, chronological(I'm not sure which word to use).
For example, if the order is breakfast, tea and dinner, then it would
sound quite natural to me because you usually have tea between breakfast and dinner.
I searched for the phrase "breakfast, dinner and tea" on google and I found quite many. Would you possibly use "breakfast, tea and dinner" in the sentence I wrote on my first thread?
I think you can use it either way - there is no real semantic difference, and these things are not always logically expressed. If you google them as selected phrases, you will find there is pretty much a balance between the two.