Where Did the Expression “Three Square Meals a Day” Come From and What Does it Mean?

In the eighteenth century, a British sailor’s sparse diet consisted of a breakfast and lunch of little more than mouldy bread and water.

If he were lucky, the third meal of the day included meat and was served on a square tin platter.

Because of the shape of that platter, they called it their “square” meal, or the only substantial meal of the day.

where did the expression three square meals a day come from and what does it mean

Three squares now means three good meals a day.

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