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So formally speaking , the times of day can be expressed as :

早上 上午 中午 下午 晚上

However, I want to know approximately what time can be considered 下午,晚上 etc

Also, when it comes to meals:

Is it more common to say 下午飯 or 中午飯? especially give the fact that usually people don't eat lunch exactly at 12:00 right .

How would I call a late breakfast, brunch, late lunch (but not afternoon tea) in Chinese/Cantonese?

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question 1 :

approximate time:

   早上 -- 6:00--8:00

   上午 -- 8:00 -- 12:00

   中午 -- 12:00 --14:00

   下午 -- 14:00 -- 18:00

   晚上 -- after 18:00

this my understanding(not formally), and splitted most by work time, i would say most people would agree

question 2:

there are three meals in Chinese(as in the saying : 一日三餐):

    早餐(breakfast) -- 早上 

    午饭(lunch)--- 中午

    晚饭(dinner)  -- 晚上 

question 3:

late breakfast -- there is no such thing(is there a name for it in English?)

brunch --  no such thing 

late lunch -- no such thing(is there a name for it in English?)

we Chinese kind of think this things unnormal, you should be woking during this time (8:00--12:00,14:00--18:00), and if you are eating there must be something wrong with your lifestyle, and we believe it is not good for your health, you should eat regularly.

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Brunch in Chinese - from Wikipedia

Chinese word “早午饭” is defined as brunch, “早饭” means breakfast and “午饭” means lunch in Chinese. The combination of “早饭” and “午饭” is “早午饭”, as known as brunch.


ex.

I had a late breakfast today. 我今天比較晚吃早饭/早餐 or 我今天早饭吃的比平时晚

I had brunch today . 我今天吃早午饭/早午餐

I had a late lunch today. 我今天比較晚吃午饭/午餐 or 我今天午饭吃的比平时晚

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