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

After lunch, spend a free afternoon exploring historic Bayeux. National Geographic, "France Family Journey: From Paris to Normandy and Beyond," 17 June 2019 On Saturday the restaurant will open for lunch and Sundays for brunch, so fans can expect to find a lineup of familiar pastries and breads. Lauren Saria, azcentral, "This husband-and-wife team is moving their popular bakery and restaurant into the former Hula's building," 17 June 2019 However, for those in Denver, Betasso Preserve still makes for a solid intermediate loop sequence that riders can knock out in a morning with plenty of time for lunch. Heather Balogh Rochfort, The Know, "Mountain biking trails that’ll get you home in time for dinner," 13 June 2019 After a nearly 60-year run, the restaurant will shut its doors after lunch on Tuesday. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "The Four Seasons Restaurant Is Closing, Less Than a Year After Moving to a New Location," 10 June 2019 Many people don’t need to go back to the office after lunch. NBC News, "What the 'Blue Zone' island of Sardinia can teach us about living longer," 10 June 2019 People linger after lunch, talking of this and that. Bethany Jean Clement, The Seattle Times, "Feels like family: Seattle’s Dacha Diner might be your new favorite place," 29 Mar. 2019 After lunch, Piccioli pops into his offices, one of which was Valentino’s former aerie (the flowery Traviata tapestries now replaced by photographs of David Bowie and Serge Gainsbourg). Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Inside the Private World of Valentino’s Pierpaolo Piccioli," 3 Mar. 2019 Sounds like a great way to get people moving, outside of our meeting room, and get the blood flowing after lunch. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "Getting around the Bay Area with Chanell Fletcher," 21 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Three Congressional investigations have been lunched in recent weeks in the wake of Nassar’s alleged abuse that spanned nearly two decades. A.j. Perez, USA TODAY, "U.S. Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun resigns," 28 Feb. 2018 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

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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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