Definition of Burns Supper in US English:

Burns Supper


  • A festivity held on 25 January in celebration of the birthday of the Scottish poet Robert Burns, typically incorporating the eating of haggis, the drinking of whisky, and the reciting of Burns's poetry.

    ‘haggis has been the centerpiece of Burns Suppers for 250 years’
    • ‘We had some happy times together, including a Burns supper in Mark's home.’
    • ‘Under a brilliant moon and against the backdrop of Aberdeen Bay, the Freetown Caledonian Society held its first Burns Supper in five years.’
    • ‘Christmas dinners tend to feature turkey, and haggis provides the centerpiece of the Burns Supper.’
    • ‘A few of us had arranged to gather for the traditional Burns supper: haggis, neeps, and tatties; followed by a bit of traditional Burns entertainment, with recitation and singing of some of his poetry.’
    • ‘It has been a place of pilgrimage almost from the time the first Burns Supper was held there by fans in 1814.’
    • ‘It is customary to serve whisky throughout a Burns Supper, for example.’
    • ‘In 1849 Douglas was invited to address a Burns Supper in Rochester, New York.’
    • ‘In future years the shortlist will be announced on January 25 at a Burns supper.’
    • ‘Few Burns suppers are now all male, and many celebrate Burns's radical, revolutionary and republican aspects.’
    • ‘Traditional Burns suppers are lavish affairs with classic dishes such as Scotch broth, followed by haggis, neeps and tatties and perhaps a cloutie dumpling or Scots trifle.’