lunch

noun
\ ˈlənch \

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

Lupita Nyong'o shows up early for lunch at a waterfront restaurant in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Veronica Chambers, Marie Claire, "Lupita in the Lead," 5 Feb. 2019 On Monday, Selena was photographed stepping out of an L.A. restaurant after meeting with a friend for lunch, according to The Daily Mail. Gianluca Russo, Teen Vogue, "Selena Gomez Wore a Cream-Colored Cowl Neck Sweater," 1 Jan. 2019 For lunch: The lobster rolls and fried clams at Morgan’s Lobster Shack are some of the area’s best. Todd Plummer, Vogue, "Why Bay Area Residents Are Flocking to Truckee, California—And You Should Too," 11 Dec. 2018 In August, a Smith College employee called the the campus police on a black student eating her lunch. Charlotte West, Teen Vogue, "University of Texas San Antonio Professor Allegedly Calls Police on Black Student for Putting Feet Up," 13 Nov. 2018 Images posted on social media showed several demonstrators eating lunch in Grassley's office as aides took notes of their complaints. Gregg Re, Fox News, "Kavanaugh accuser Christine Ford opens door to testifying next week," 20 Sep. 2018 The 73-year-old customer went to the fast food chain in Lakewood for lunch and tried to use a buy-one-get-one Whopper coupon for his purchase. Fox News, "Ohio Burger King customer calls 911 after employee refuses to honor coupons," 16 Sep. 2018 But this is still a refugee camp, and daily transactions happen in small sums of cash — the equivalent of 50 cents for a ride on a motorcycle taxi called a boda-boda, $2 for lunch, $15 a month for electricity. Deirdre Fernandes, BostonGlobe.com, "An education in hope," 7 July 2018 Three meals a day is a thing of the past as nearly three-quarters of Americans no longer eat a traditional breakfast, lunch and dinner, according to a new study. Zoya Gervis, Fox News, "Majority of Americans no longer eat 3 meals a day, study finds," 27 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 When visiting Spain for a wedding, my husband dunked churros (cinnamon donut sticks) in his hot chocolate, lunched on baguettes lined with the country’s famous jámon Ibérico (cured ham), and sampled every variety of tapas on bread known to man. SELF, "I'm a Foodie With Celiac Disease. Here's Why I Love Traveling to Sweden," 25 Sep. 2018 Two days after the Bannon announcement, Wigmore and Banks lunched with the Russian ambassador and discussed Trump's prospects and their upcoming trip to Mississippi. chicagotribune.com, "How the 'Bad Boys of Brexit' forged ties with Russia and the Trump campaign and came under scrutiny," 29 June 2018 Days spent organizing recipes and photos, and lunching with friends, proved less engaging than expected. Paula Span, New York Times, "Many Americans Try Retirement, Then Change Their Minds," 30 Mar. 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 \

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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