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 For instance, separate classes no longer have lunches together at a long table or mix on the playground. Cassidy Alexander, USA TODAY, "Is day care safe during the coronavirus pandemic? It depends. Here are some guidelines.," 18 May 2020 The Stilt House restaurant was doing a brisk carryout business, taking orders and serving lunch from a table on the sidewalk. Jeff Rumage, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'We thrive on being around people': North Shore retailers reopen with coronavirus precautions," 18 May 2020 Long ago, being alone meant being an easy lunch for something bigger and more powerful. CBS News, "Adapting to living in isolation," 17 May 2020 Kids may eat lunches in classrooms instead of gathering in a cafeteria. Emily Goodykoontz, Anchorage Daily News, "No one knows exactly what class will be like this fall. But no matter what, Anchorage schools will be different.," 17 May 2020 The family attended occasional private lunches with President Dwight Eisenhower at her father-in-law’s farm in Virginia, where Eisenhower and the elder Strauss owned a breeding bull together. Ray Jenkins, BostonGlobe.com, "Laurie Schwab Zabin, expert on family planning and adolescent sexual behavior, dies at 94," 16 May 2020 For years, tech companies have lured talent with sweet in-office perks: lavish lunch buffets, beer and wine on tap, on-site massage therapy and chiropractic treatment. Arielle Pardes, Wired, "Silicon Valley Rethinks the (Home) Office," 15 May 2020 Four out of every 10 students are low-income or qualify for free or reduced lunches. At A Great Price, ProPublica, "Sears’ Headquarters Was Supposed to Turn a Sleepy Suburb Into a Boomtown. It Never Happened.," 15 May 2020 From eggy quiches to oniony pissaladières, savory tarts are perfect for an elegant brunch, easy lunch, or light dinner. Saveur, "Savory Tarts," 15 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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, "Cooking While the World Falls Apart," 30 Apr. 2020 The ladies who lunch are what the typical shopper may have been. Phil Wahba, Fortune, "Neiman Marcus may file for bankruptcy, but either way, it needs to get slimmer," 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, "Partygoers in Seattle, a Suburban D.C. Mom: Coronavirus in the Community," 18 Mar. 2020 Sessions lunched at Blue Plate Diner on South Memorial Parkway, taking part in a Huntsville power lunch with Madison County Commission Chair Dale Strong, District Attorney Rob Broussard, Sheriff Kevin Turner and Circuit Judge Alan Mann. Paul Gattis | Pgattis@al.com, al, "Jeff Sessions says socialism spreading ‘much like the coronavirus’," 28 Feb. 2020 Either that or Lithgow lunched and dined on lasagna and banana splits for a year before filming commenced. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "“Bombshell” and the Perils of Topicality," 13 Dec. 2019 For decades, presidents have lunched with network television anchors before the State of the Union to offer a preview of the speech. John Fritze, USA TODAY, "President Trump sees jump in poll numbers ahead of prime-time speech - live State of the Union updates," 4 Feb. 2020 Last month, the pair played the part of ladies who lunch. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Kylie Jenner and Rosalía Are Fashion’s Fiercest New Friendship," 12 Jan. 2020 The duo had lunched that day with Giuliani at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, according to the Wall Street Journal. Anchorage Daily News, "How two Soviet-born emigres made it into elite Trump circles — and the center of the impeachment storm," 13 Oct. 2019

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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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Time Traveler for lunch

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The first known use of lunch was in 1800

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Last Updated

22 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Lunch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lunch. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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More Definitions for lunch

lunch

noun
How to pronounce lunch (audio)

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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