Square Meal (Origin)

What Is the Origin of the Saying "Square Meal"?

The term square meal is a nautical term from the days of old sailing ships. Any significant meals (usually the last one of the day) would be eaten off a square-shaped wooden plate, which also served as the tray. A decent meal on board became known as a square meal. The term is used widely today in sayings such as three square meals a day or three squares.
Square Meal (Origin)

Examples of Use:

  • I haven't had a square meal this entire camping trip.
  • All I want is a hot shower, a good night's sleep, and a square meal.
  • I have to eat at least one square meal a day.

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This page was written by Craig Shrives.