lunch counter


Definition of lunch counter 

1 : a long counter at which lunches are sold

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Black would sit at segregated lunch counters, rogue police could break down citizens' doors in midnight raids and school children could not be thought about evolution. Fox News, "Reps. Meadows, Jordan call on Rosenstein to testify," 27 Sep. 2018 That era was characterized by turmoil, both abroad and here in the United States, where tribes rebelled against one another in nearly every public arena, from draft offices to college campuses to lunch counters. Laila Lalami, New York Times, "Does American ‘Tribalism’ End in a Compromise, or a Fight?," 26 June 2018 Some people being refused service at lunch counters. Fox News, "Trump and media clash over border," 25 June 2018 Stop by the casual lunch counter at Local Foods and snack on the B&L burger, made with juicy La Pryor beef, with a slice of MightyVine tomato, salty cheddar cheese and crisp greens. Chicago Tribune,, "Sandwiches, soups, salads and more: 20 ideas for what to eat for lunch," 17 May 2018 The 1960 lunch counter sit-in at which she was arrested was held in objection to the fact that Central City stores, while catering to a largely black clientele, refused to hire black employees. Mike Scott,, "She sat down, but this New Orleans woman wasn't about to shut up," 8 May 2018 Many commenters on Twitter said Thursday's incident was reminiscent of the Sixties' lunch counter sit-ins that challenged Jim Crow laws, which were prohibited with passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, "Starbucks just the latest accused of racial profiling at retail," 15 Apr. 2018 Seating is typically confined to booths or a long lunch counter., "The 15 best (remaining) diners throughout the Portland area," 20 Jan. 2018 Mex Perú Gipsy, a cozy lunch counter hidden among the hubbub of downtown’s Fashion District, is definitely in the latter camp. Garrett Snyder, Los Angeles Magazine, "The Best Peruvian Restaurants in Los Angeles," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of lunch counter

1869, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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: a long counter at which lunches are sold

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