lun·​cheon | \ ˈlən-chən How to pronounce luncheon (audio) \

Definition of luncheon

: lunch especially : a formal usually midday meal as part of a meeting or for entertaining a guest a company luncheon a fund-raising luncheon

Examples of luncheon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At a closed-door luncheon in the Capitol, Mr. Biden rallied Democrats and the independents aligned with them to embrace the plan, which would require every single one of their votes to move forward over united Republican opposition. New York Times, 14 July 2021 Unlike past business expos, there will not be the sampling of food luncheon or speaker to kick off the event, due to COVID-19 restrictions at the time the expo was being planned. Sue Kiesewetter, The Enquirer, 1 July 2021 Unplugged, understandably, depends on what is fresh and available at the time of the luncheon. Catherine Sabino, Forbes, 13 June 2021 At a White House luncheon for the executive committee of the Democratic National Committee, a representative from Alabama, Mrs. Leonard Thomas, confronted the president over civil rights. Jon Meacham, Town & Country, 30 Sep. 2020 The Rotary Club of West Pine Bluff will host its annual Hooten's Arkansas Football program during its luncheon at 11:30 a.m. July 15 at the Pine Bluff Country Club. Arkansas Online, 22 June 2021 Those who had luncheon at racetrack clubhouses 60 years ago expected, and received, superior food and service. Jacques Kelly,, 15 May 2021 January 17, 1916 - Rodman Wanamaker hosts professional golfers and industry representatives at a luncheon in New York City, with the hope of creating an organization of American golf professionals. Cnn Editorial Research, CNN, 24 May 2021 The new board will be installed at a luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Grand Tradition. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 May 2021

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First Known Use of luncheon

circa 1652, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for luncheon

perhaps alteration of nuncheon light snack, alteration of Middle English nonshench midday refreshment, from non noon + schench drink

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The first known use of luncheon was circa 1652

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lunch counter


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23 Jul 2021

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“Luncheon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of luncheon

: a usually formal lunch that occurs as part of a meeting or for entertaining a guest


lun·​cheon | \ ˈlən-chən How to pronounce luncheon (audio) \

Kids Definition of luncheon

2 : a formal lunch

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