lunch

1 of 2

noun

1
: a usually light meal
especially : one taken in the middle of the day
2
: the food prepared for a lunch

lunch

2 of 2

verb

lunched; lunching; lunches

intransitive verb

: to eat lunch

transitive verb

: to treat to lunch
luncher noun
Phrases
out to lunch
slang : out of touch with reality

Example Sentences

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
The first lady and Ashley had gotten some of their shopping done earlier Friday, so the spree after lunch was mostly for the president. Darlene Superville, ajc, 26 Nov. 2022 Zora is a stable type of sister who works as a teacher and, back in the day, even gave up her own lunch money when Amy lost hers. Sarah Micho, ELLE, 25 Nov. 2022 When getting dressed for the formal lunch, the 85-year-old artist David Hockney opted for a striking plaid suit and checkerboard tie, worn with Crocs in an uplifting paintbox shade of yellow that evoked his own landscape paintings. Laura Hawkins, Vogue, 25 Nov. 2022 At the end of a special pre-Thanksgiving lunch, outreach workers with the Homeless Outreach Program Integrated Care System in Los Angeles offered Larry Gray and Lorna Walker a little extra food to take home with them. Thomas Curwen, Los Angeles Times, 24 Nov. 2022 Given the length of the midday flight, lunch is served onboard. Rachel King, Fortune, 24 Nov. 2022 At 12:11 pm every weekday, the bright, open atrium at the center of Durham Elementary in Tigard is quiet and empty, with most students off at recess or lunch. oregonlive, 23 Nov. 2022 The suicide bomber targeted a minibus of teachers returning from lunch to the university’s Confucius Institute, part of Beijing’s global network of schools teaching Chinese language and culture. Saeed Shah, WSJ, 23 Nov. 2022 Queen Elizabeth's beloved mother wasn't afraid to imbibe — and started her daily drinking routine before lunch. Stephanie Petit, Peoplemag, 23 Nov. 2022
Verb
With a cast including Naomi Watts as Babe Paley, Chloë Sevigny as C. Z. Guest, and Calista Flockhart as Lee Radziwill, how could we not be treated to some major style moments from these lush, luxurious ladies who lunch? Sarah Spellings, Vogue, 14 Nov. 2022 Mequon residents will soon be able to lunch at the Tropical Smoothie Cafe, after the city planning commission approved a conditional-use permit June 27. Lydia Morrell, Journal Sentinel, 19 July 2022 The teens, all students at Tishomingo High School, were reportedly on their way to lunch off-campus when the incident occurred at the intersection of U.S. Highway 377 and State Highway 22, NBC News reported. Rachel Desantis, PEOPLE.com, 24 Mar. 2022 At Sant Feliu de Guíxols, the northern terminus of the impossibly photogenic Road of 1,000 Bends, I am tempted to lunch at one of the many outdoor restaurants overlooking the town’s beach and harbor. Dina Mishev, Washington Post, 27 May 2022 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, PEOPLE.com, 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, BostonGlobe.com, 19 Jan. 2021 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

probably short for luncheon

First Known Use

Noun

1800, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1811, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of lunch was in 1800

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Cite this Entry

“Lunch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lunch. Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

lunch 1 of 2

noun

1
: a light meal
especially : one eaten in the middle of the day
2
: the food prepared for a lunch

lunch

2 of 2

verb

: to eat or treat to lunch
luncher noun

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