Meals of the day Vocabulary Words List

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There are words that are very similar in the meaning when it comes to these different words of meals. The differences can be distinguished through the different levels of politeness. For example, looking at 朝ご飯, the 御 (ご) is a kanji that makes 飯 honorific which makes the word more polite than if you would simply say 朝飯.

Breakfast  - asagohan

Breakfast - 朝ご飯

Kanji: 朝御飯,朝ご飯, Kana: あさごはん, Romaji: asagohan

Breakfast (formal) - Choushoku

Breakfast (formal) - 朝食

Kanji: 朝食, Kana: ちょうしょく, Romaji: choushoku

Lunch - Hirugohan

Lunch - 昼ご飯

Kanji: 昼御飯, Kana: ひるごはん, Romaji: hirugohan

Dinner - Bangohan

Dinner - 晩ご飯

Kanji: 晩御飯, Kana: ばんごはん, Romaji: bangohan

Dinner (formal) - Yuushoku

Dinner (formal) - 夕食

Kanji: 夕食, Kana: ゆうしょく, Romaji: yuushoku

Night meal - yashoku

Night meal - 夜食

Kanji: 夜食, Kana: やしょく, Romaji: yashoku

Meal - shokuji

Meal - 食事

Kanji: 食事, Kana: しょくじ, Romaji: shokuji

Breakfast (casual) - asameshi,asahan

Breakfast (casual) - 朝飯

Kanji: 朝飯, Kana: あさめし,あさはん, Romaji: asameshi,asahan

Lunch (casual) - hirumeshi,chuuhan,hiruhan

Lunch (casual) - 昼飯

Kanji: 昼飯, Kana: ひるめし,ちゅうはん,ひるはん, Romaji: hirumeshi,chuuhan,hiruhan

Ready-made meal (used by restaurants for take-away etc) - chuushoku,chuujiki,nakashoku

Ready-made meal (used by restaurants for take-away etc) - 中食

Kanji: 中食, Kana: ちゅうしょく,ちゅうじき,なかしょく, Romaji: chuushoku,chuujiki,nakashoku