lunch counter


Definition of lunch counter 

1 : a long counter at which lunches are sold

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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 Black college students who engaged in peaceful sit-ins at lunch counters that denied them service because of the color of their skin were criticized for behavior that, however passive, appeared provocative to defenders of the status quo. Peniel E. Joseph, Washington Post, "America’s nonviolent civil rights movement was considered uncivil by critics at the time," 4 July 2018 For Hart, who tears up on the idea of the closing of the lunch counter, that emotional element is also palpable. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Sub Station closes after 33 years in New Berlin as crowded sub-sandwich market claims another victim," 5 June 2018 Some 58 years since that lunch counter sit-in, Alabama officials are correcting the record. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "58 Years Later, Alabama Clears the Records of 29 Black Students Who Protested Segregation," 5 June 2018 And for the folks interested in dining while shopping, the Omakase Group plans to have a small lunch counter offering a a daily cutlet sandwich. Justin Phillips,, "Japanese mega-project headed to Design District," 3 July 2018 Wallace’s own homegrown revolution was happening just blocks from the old Greyhound bus station where Freedom Riders had arrived and the site of the Woolworth’s lunch counter sit-in. Southern Living, "This Mississippi Chef Uses Food To Tell His Family’s Story and Bring Friends Together," 17 June 2018 Sit at the lunch counter, open since 1933, and get the house-made, thin-sliced, warm West Side specialty on soft rye with mustard, pickle, lettuce and tomato. Chicago Tribune,, "Sandwiches, soups, salads and more: 20 ideas for what to eat for lunch," 17 May 2018

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1869, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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: a long counter at which lunches are sold

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