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

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 Mercedes supplies a $200 Delta Air Lines voucher, a taxi credit, your first night's hotel in Stuttgart or Bremen, and breakfast or lunch the next morning. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "How To Get a (Mostly) Free European Road Trip When You Buy a Car," 24 Sep. 2018 Red to Blonde is an all day affair [sic], breakfast and lunch and hopefully not dinner. Andrea Park, Allure, "Julianne Hough Is Blonde Again — and Her Color-Correction Process Took Seven Hours," 26 July 2018 Children get breakfast and lunch, along with expert advice in football and cheerleading. Pat Disabato, Daily Southtown, "Disabato: Harvey native Keith Rucker 'about giving back and paying it forward' with youth football camp," 10 July 2018 Take your pick — breakfast, lunch, or dinner — and leave the cooking up to them. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "18 Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving This Year," 16 Oct. 2018 Meals are cooked by chefs, and a waiter comes round every morning to take orders for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Everything You Need to Know About the Royal-Approved Maternity Ward, The Lindo Wing," 15 Oct. 2018 Stick around for lunch or dinner on the patio of their campestre-style restaurant, TrasLomita. Condé Nast Traveler, "A Perfect Weekend in Baja's Wine Country," 28 Sep. 2018 So far the restaurant has been busy as a fast-casual option for lunch and dinner crowds. Kyle Arnold, OrlandoSentinel.com, "6 new things to check out in Winter Garden and 3 coming soon," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 That might make lunching on locusts more palatable. The Economist, "The future of food, served up right here in augmented reality," 7 July 2018 Or, the center differential could have been lunched when it was towed, which would cost thousands of dollars to repair. Ray Magliozzi, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Improperly towing AWD vehicle can cause many problems," 13 July 2018 Her character is a Hollywood housewife: a lady who lunches turned broke divorcée who is suddenly thrust into the work world and must figure out how to be her own woman. Elizabeth Kiefer, Glamour, "Don't Call It a Comeback—Alicia Silverstone Has Been Here All Along," 20 June 2018 Living > Parties ’Tis the season for ladies who lunch to give back. Vogue, "The Studio Museum in Harlem Hosts Its Annual Spring Luncheon," 4 May 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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More Definitions for lunch

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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