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

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During the annual congressional luncheon held by the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce in April, organizers conducted an unscientific text survey of the more than 400 people there. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Green New Deal popularity among Democrats alters San Diego’s political landscape," 21 June 2019 The organization announced that nine radio and television professionals will be inducted into the Hall of Fame this year at the annual awards luncheon on Sept. 27. Emily Sweeney,, "Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame to welcome new class," 21 June 2019 The boy’s parents reported they were blindsided when school officials gave him the trophy at an awards luncheon at a local restaurant. Carole Carlson And Meredith Colias-pete, Post-Tribune, "District: 3 Gary teachers to be fired, principal suspended over 'most annoying' award to autistic boy," 7 June 2019 What was more unusual was that Mrs. Ellison was the guest speaker at a Penney luncheon for employees celebrating International Women’s Day. Suzanne Kapner, WSJ, "The Role of a Corporate Spouse," 1 Dec. 2018 Juan Vargas appeared at the San Diego Chamber of Commerce Congressional luncheon here sporting a new look — a salt-and-pepper beard. Diane Bell,, "Yacht America provides unusual way to see movies on the move," 2 July 2018 Bottoms made the comments after remarks at a Rotary Club of Atlanta luncheon on Monday. Kelly Yamanouchi, ajc, "Five finalists selected in Hartsfield-Jackson manager search," 25 June 2018 The Future 50 winners will be recognized at an awards luncheon Sept. 21 at the Pfister Hotel in downtown Milwaukee. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Construction firms continue to lead the pace among the Future 50," 25 May 2018 Ever gallant, Chip Rosen provided champagne for the luncheon to thank Les Dames for their support during his two year term as president of Timberlane Country Club. Helen Williams,, "Timberlane commission stays busy to protect future of country club," 14 June 2019

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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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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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