lunch counter


: a long counter at which lunches are sold

Examples of lunch counter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web French food isn’t about to be knocked from its perch: The No. 1 lunch counter is still the local bakery. Liz Alderman, New York Times, 7 Dec. 2023 Mann is like Robert De Niro’s character in Heat, who, preparing for a heist, sits down casually at a lunch counter to page through a phonebook-thick tome about the metals his crew has to blast through. John Semley, WIRED, 22 Dec. 2023 But that specific movement, that specific brand of resistance, happened in places where food was served, like at the lunch counter or at the restaurants in Rich’s department store. Bon Appétit, 22 Nov. 2023 An ancient Jewish lunch counter in the Flatiron district, brought lovingly back to life by new owners and made somehow more essentially itself. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, 4 Nov. 2023 Then there’s a shot that conjures Anne Moody, a young woman who in 1963 engaged in a sit-in at a Woolworth’s lunch counter in Jackson, Miss., where a White mob attacked her and others protesting racial segregation by jeering and dumping condiments on the demonstrators’ heads. Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post, 1 Nov. 2023 The White men armed then with ax handles and bats beat Black protesters who were conducting sit-ins against Whites-only lunch counters and other indignities of segregation. Brittany Shammas, Washington Post, 29 Aug. 2023 New Mexicans say that the dish was created by Theresa Hernandez, a cook at the Woolworth's lunch counter in Santa Fe, in the 1960s. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 27 Aug. 2023 Come May, students and faculty at Tougaloo College staged a sit-in at the lunch counter of the Woolworth's store in Jackson, Mississippi. Marc Ramirez, USA TODAY, 23 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1869, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of lunch counter was in 1869

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“Lunch counter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

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