lun·​cheon | \ ˈlən-chən \

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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Meghan Markle attends the Queen’s Christmas luncheon at Buckingham Palace for the second year in a row. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Just Stunned in a Black Sheer Dress at the Queen’s Christmas Luncheon," 19 Dec. 2018 Today, Meghan was back in the royal spotlight, this time for a pre-Christmas luncheon hosted by the Queen. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle's Handwriting Is Insanely Perfect," 19 Dec. 2018 On Monday, for guests still in the area, other pals turned their villa into a makeshift Club 55 for a luncheon. Marshall Heyman, Town & Country, "The New Breed of Birthday Celebration? Lavish International Parties," 30 Nov. 2018 For the luncheon, Meghan wore a black turtleneck top by Tuxe, a pleated black skirt by Misha Nonoo, and Sarah Flint pumps. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Wore a Blue Smythe Coat to Her Cookbook Launch Party at Kensington Palace," 20 Sep. 2018 Rosemary Schatzman, another Hall of Famer, will serve as the luncheon's underwriting chair. Joy Sewing, Houston Chronicle, "Sue and Lester Smith challenge Best Dressed luncheon to raise $1 million with matching grant," 24 May 2018 The luncheon's goal is to raise awareness about the challenges women face with heart health -- more women die of heart disease than all forms of cancer combined -- as well as raise funds for research. Sue Strachan,, "American Heart Association luncheon attendees 'Rock the Red'," 25 Mar. 2018 The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. PST, with a reception and luncheon to follow at Fort Washington Country Club. Detroit Free Press Staff, Detroit Free Press, "Darryl Rogers funeral: Arrangements set for ex-Detroit Lions, MSU coach," 13 July 2018 If a pilot upgrade program that starts this month goes well, Chinooks will continue to be made and updated in Delco through at least the 2050s, company and Army officials said at a pep rally and luncheon at the Boeing facility Thursday. Joseph N. Distefano,, "Boeing upgrades Chinooks at Delco plant in 100-year program," 27 June 2018

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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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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 \

Kids Definition of luncheon

2 : a formal lunch

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