lunch

noun
\ ˈlənch How to pronounce lunch (audio) \

Definition of lunch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a usually light meal especially : one taken in the middle of the day
2 : the food prepared for a lunch
out to lunch
slang : out of touch with reality

lunch

verb
lunched; lunching; lunches

Definition of lunch (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to eat lunch

transitive verb

: to treat to lunch

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Other Words from lunch

Verb

luncher noun

Examples of lunch in a Sentence

Noun

I like to eat a healthy lunch every day. We took a picnic lunch to the park. They've brought their own lunches with them. I had just a sandwich for lunch. I bought her some lunch.

Verb

She often lunches in the park.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The uniformed maid stood in the hall, awaiting the slightest signal that the wizard was ready for his low-fat lunch. Kennedy Fraser, Vogue, "From the Archives: Karl Lagerfeld, The Impresario," 19 Feb. 2019 Rani Rose, of course, isn't looking at the camera, because her attention is elsewhere, namely on her lunch (so relatable, Rani Rose). Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Kate Hudson Shares a Picture of Herself Breastfeeding on Instagram," 13 Jan. 2019 But Amazon’s biggest hurdle to growth isn’t that another company might steal its e-commerce lunch. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Why Amazon’s future depends on moving from the internet to the physical world," 2 Nov. 2018 There's also the refrigerator in the center console, large enough to keep your lunch or four bottles of your favorite water nice and chilly. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "All SUV, all of the time: The Range Rover Sport reviewed," 12 July 2018 Snacking on a peach thirty minutes before a workout will offer quick acting fuel, or add them to your lunch with this Peach Panzanella Salad. NBC News, "8 summer superfoods to eat after a tough workout," 11 July 2018 The venue for their working lunch is Red Haven, a locavore watering hole near the 14-square-mile campus of Michigan State University, which offers dishes like strawberry soup and tempeh chorizo tacos. Christa Case Bryant, The Christian Science Monitor, "As local news outlets struggle to survive, citizen-led efforts are stepping up," 10 July 2018 During a holy month when he was supposed to be fasting, a Muslim inmate in the Mecklenburg County Jail still wanted his lunch. Michael Gordon, charlotteobserver, "A Mecklenburg inmate signed up for Ramadan fast. Now he's suing because he got hungry.," 5 July 2018 But a case out of Germany offers up a far more sinister possibility: one man is suspected of killing 21 co-workers by poisoning their lunches. Gabriella Paiella, The Cut, "Man Accused of Murdering 21 Co-workers by Poisoning Their Lunches," 2 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Almost no mention was made of the president’s national emergency declaration to expand the border wall with Mexico, even though the House was voting on an effort to block it as the senators lunched. Laurie Kellman, The Seattle Times, "Trump takes victory lap; parties start to pivot past Russia," 27 Mar. 2019 Djokovic appeared relaxed before play began last weekend, lunching with his wife, Jelena, and bouncing the oldest of their two children, Stefan, with his arms. Tom Perrotta, WSJ, "Novak Djokovic’s Journey From Superstar to Super-Vulnerable and Back Again," 28 Aug. 2018 Taylor then rose to welcome all the fashionable ladies who would soon be lunching. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "In Lieu of a Fashion Show, Tanya Taylor Hosted a Women-Only Power Lunch," 10 Feb. 2019 Black rhino—some mammalian reflection of the Jurassic, thick-skinned toughness of this landscape—lumber through the ravines, lunching on the weird euphorbia plants that are toxic to most other creatures. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, "Going Off-Grid in Namibia," 21 Dec. 2018 The royal family last month released three photos of a smiling Mrs. Robinson lunching with a dazed-looking Princess Latifa. Ann Mcelhinney And Phelim Mcaleer, WSJ, "Mrs. Robinson and the Missing Princess," 9 Jan. 2019 Bottom-dwelling on these menus forced us into territory that ladies who lunch might be more familiar with. Fox, Town & Country, "A Table for Mr. Fox," 21 Nov. 2012 The two young women shared a lot of the same friends and many of the same interests, and were soon lunching together every week. Marcia Moody, Town & Country, "Inside Princess Diana's Complicated Friendship with Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York," 22 July 2018 As a child, Blum would spend the week with his mother, an art historian, in Dobbs Ferry, New York, and weekends in Manhattan with his dad, lunching at the Odeon and visiting museums and galleries. Alex Bhattacharji, WSJ, "How Producer Jason Blum is Disrupting Hollywood," 16 July 2018

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First Known Use of lunch

Noun

1800, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1811, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for lunch

Noun

probably short for luncheon

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lunch

noun

English Language Learners Definition of lunch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a light meal eaten in the middle of the day

lunch

verb

English Language Learners Definition of lunch (Entry 2 of 2)

: to eat lunch

lunch

noun
\ ˈlənch How to pronounce lunch (audio) \

Kids Definition of lunch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a light meal especially when eaten in the middle of the day It's time for lunch.
2 : food prepared for lunch You're eating my lunch!

lunch

verb
lunched; lunching

Kids Definition of lunch (Entry 2 of 2)

: to eat lunch Let's lunch in the park.

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