\ 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


lunched; lunching; lunches

Definition of lunch (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to eat lunch

transitive verb

: to treat to lunch

Other Words from lunch


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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Our local school system allowed for lunch pick ups for students in need, and provided free laptops to anyone who needed one. Baltimore Sun, 17 May 2022 Roh said the salon owner often comes by for lunch or to wind down over dinner and chit-chat in their native tongue. Corky Siemaszko, NBC News, 16 May 2022 Cynthia Conners, a Geneva church member and mayor pro tem of Laguna Woods, said about 150 people usually attend the Taiwanese Sunday service, often gathering afterward for lunch. Los Angeles Times, 15 May 2022 Then — bam — pour the whole thing out in a bowl for lunch. Julia O'malley, Anchorage Daily News, 12 May 2022 For healthier–yet still delicious—fare, head to Spring Café for lunch. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 11 May 2022 By mid-June or so, Lupi and Iris will open weekdays for lunch at 11 a.m. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10 May 2022 Take your breaks More than a quarter of workers don’t take any breaks except for lunch. Ebony Williams, ajc, 6 May 2022 Jobs stayed for lunch, after which the directors hugged him in turn, and he was driven home. Geoff Colvin, Fortune, 5 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The singer was out to take Max and Emme to lunch at Hotel Bel-Air, a significant spot for Lopez and current boyfriend Ben Affleck. Sabrina Park, Harper's BAZAAR, 19 Jan. 2022 Later on, though, Gina and Emily asked Heather to lunch to explain their side of things, and Heather seemed more than receptive to Gina's apology. Ally Mauch,, 8 Dec. 2021 Though Bush would lunch on a weekly basis with the president, Baker would be with him every day, plus control access to and information flow to him. John Tamny, Forbes, 27 May 2021 The latter is enough to get you through dinner and then lunch the next day. Globe Staff,, 19 Jan. 2021 Nearby, several people lunched under cover at Margaritaville, which had its patio doors opened. Marc Bona, cleveland, 15 May 2020 Buford marvels at the school lunches his boys eat: a unique three-course meal every day, never to be repeated throughout the calendar year, plus yogurt or cheese. Ryu Spaeth, The New Republic, 30 Apr. 2020 The ladies who lunch are what the typical shopper may have been. Phil Wahba, Fortune, 24 Apr. 2020 And four of the six women Christy had lunched with came down with the same symptoms just a couple of days later. Lisa Sanders, New York Times, 18 Mar. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of lunch


1800, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1811, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for lunch


probably short for luncheon

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Last Updated

21 May 2022

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“Lunch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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\ 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!


lunched; lunching

Kids Definition of lunch (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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