lunch counter


Definition of lunch counter

1 : a long counter at which lunches are sold

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Recent Examples on the Web The city was soon the scene of pickets, mass meetings, a boycott of downtown businesses and lunch counter sit-ins. Jay Reeves, Star Tribune, "Birmingham jail logs with MLK signatures up for sale," 13 Feb. 2021 This is where four Black men from North Carolina State University took their seats at the segregated lunch counter and launched the student sit-in movement in 1960. Los Angeles Times, "A Black reporter’s road trip to the inauguration — and a search for America’s ‘soul’," 7 Feb. 2021 Other vegetarian sandwiches are put to shame at this charming lunch counter in Berkeley. Janelle Bitker,, "11 vegetable-centric takeout options from Bay Area restaurants for New Year’s health kicks," 12 Jan. 2021 Going forward, Talkov said, the museum is likely to play up the 1960s sit-ins at the store’s segregated lunch counter. Washington Post, "Removed from U.S. Capitol, Lee statue will become museum exhibit of changing attitudes on race," 23 Nov. 2020 The owner of a whites-only lunch counter once had to hold out his arms for a couple minutes so that people could see there weren’t any racist bones in them. Emma Allen, The New Yorker, "A Sampling of the Best Shouts of 2020," 17 Dec. 2020 Several years later, its founders, Wolodymyr and Olha Darmochwal, Ukrainian refugees, took over a restaurant next door and set up a small lunch counter, serving Slavic specialties, as well as sandwiches and burgers. New York Times, "The Bittersweet Tale of a Diner, a Toy Shop and a Changing New York," 11 Dec. 2020 Three reports recently released by the Alamo support preservation of the building and provide details about the lunch counter., "Express Briefing: Border wall construction, far from complete, accelerates," 7 Dec. 2020 Hal Yeagy, who transformed the Slippery Noodle Inn from a lunch counter with two employees to an esteemed blues music destination, died Thursday. David Lindquist, The Indianapolis Star, "Slippery Noodle Inn owner and blues music advocate Hal Yeagy dies at 63," 20 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of lunch counter

1869, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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25 Feb 2021

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“Lunch counter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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: a long counter at which lunches are sold

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