"The act of lying or reclining; specifically, the ancient practice, derived from the Orient, of eating meals in a recumbent position." -Whitney, 1902

Accubation

"The act of lying or reclining; specifically, the ancient practice, derived from the Orient, of eating…

An illustration of two bulls disrupting a group of people eating dinner.

Bulls Disrupting Dinner

An illustration of two bulls disrupting a group of people eating dinner.

A cartoon of three people, two men and one woman, sitting at a table.

Cartoon of Three People Sitting at a Table

A cartoon of three people, two men and one woman, sitting at a table.

The King, from Hans Holbein's series of engravings, Dance of Death.

Dance of Death, The King

The King, from Hans Holbein's series of engravings, Dance of Death.

Family gathering for dinner

Dinner

Family gathering for dinner

This illustration shows a family having dinner.

Dinner

This illustration shows a family having dinner.

An illustration of two men and a woman sitting at a table eating dinner.

Dinner

An illustration of two men and a woman sitting at a table eating dinner.

An illustration of a group of men and women attending a dinner party.

Dinner Party

An illustration of a group of men and women attending a dinner party.

A dinner table with food

Dinner Table

A dinner table with food

An illustration of a large family dinner.

Family Dinner

An illustration of a large family dinner.

An illustration of a man and boy eating dinner.

Man and Boy Eating Dinner

An illustration of a man and boy eating dinner.

An illustration of a whole fish being served on a plate.

Whole Fish on a Plate

An illustration of a whole fish being served on a plate.

An illustration of a group eating dinner.

Group Eating Dinner

An illustration of a group eating dinner.

A print from the engraving, The King's Banquet from "Tristan" published by Antoine Verard.

The King's Banquet

A print from the engraving, The King's Banquet from "Tristan" published by Antoine Verard.

An illustration of a maid setting the table for dinner.

Maid Setting the Table

An illustration of a maid setting the table for dinner.

An illustration of a man eating dinner.

Man Eating

An illustration of a man eating dinner.

An illustration of a man eating soup at the dinner table.

Man Eating Soup at Table

An illustration of a man eating soup at the dinner table.

A depiction of General Marion of the Continental Army inviting a British officer to dine with him.

Marion Inviting the British Officer to Dinner

A depiction of General Marion of the Continental Army inviting a British officer to dine with him.