\ˈbrənch \

Definition of brunch 

: a meal usually taken late in the morning that combines a late breakfast and an early lunch

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Brunch with Santa, Shoreline SAT Crafts for kids, Santa visit, 12:30-3 p.m., brunch 1-2 p.m. Saturday, Shoreline Elks Lodge, 14625 15th Ave. Madeline Mckenzie, The Seattle Times, "Community calendar: Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition, Winter Solstice Night Market, Jingle Bell Run," 5 Dec. 2018 There's brunch at Josephine Estelle, followed by a mid-day snack at the rooftop pool bar Alto, and oysters and a drink (or three) at Seaworthy, co-run by the folks behind the floating Grand Banks bar in New York City. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Stay at Any Ace Hotel for 20 Percent Off Right Now," 13 Nov. 2018 The couple also celebrated with a birthday brunch at Sadelle's restaurant in Soho. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Bella Hadid Celebrated Her 22nd Birthday with a Star-Studded Bash," 10 Oct. 2018 In other words, the #Instagood private jet luncheons, sunrise balcony shots, and blissful brunch-in-bed scenarios populating our feeds take a lot of work. Katelyn Chef, Teen Vogue, "This Penthouse Apartment Was Designed for Influencer Photoshoots," 1 Oct. 2018 The owners plan to roll out weekend brunch in the next few weeks. Kellie Hwang, azcentral, "Alice in Wonderland-themed bar Hatter and Hare now open in Phoenix," 12 July 2018 Champagne brunch buffet is $14 for children and $37 for adults. Shonda Talerico Dudlicek, Elgin Courier-News, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs: Port Edward in Algonquin," 7 July 2018 Alan Popovsky, owner of Lincoln restaurant, said the restaurant will be open for Sunday brunch then close for dinner altogether, according to the magazine. Robert Gearty, Fox News, "Uber, Lyft, DC restaurants to ban 'Unite the Right' rally participants; Twitter suspends numerous far-Right accounts," 11 Aug. 2018 No place was this more evident than at Nikki Beach's famed Sunday brunch. Lindsay Silberman, Town & Country, "How St. Bart's Survived the Devastating Hurricanes of 2017," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of brunch

1895, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for brunch

breakfast + lunch

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The first known use of brunch was in 1895

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English Language Learners Definition of brunch

: a meal that combines breakfast and lunch and that is usually eaten in late morning


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Kids Definition of brunch

: a meal that combines breakfast and lunch and is usually eaten in late morning

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