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 But for ladies, wearing a hat indoors — at a luncheon, for example — was proper. Jacobina Martin, Washington Post, 13 Sep. 2022 The women will be honored at a luncheon Oct. 21 at Music Hall. Cincinnati Enquirer, The Enquirer, 26 Aug. 2022 Kate was spotted wearing the look at a luncheon for the Queen's 90th birthday in 2016, while Meghan tried it out on the red carper in 2012. Jennifer Newman, Town & Country, 20 July 2022 The quartet will be honored at a luncheon on Sept. 16 in New York. Fox News, 12 July 2022 In late March, at a luncheon for the city’s political and business elite, Chicago transportation Commissioner Gia Biagi announced the city would be giving away 5,000 bicycles. Sarah Freishtat, Chicago Tribune, 11 July 2022 Chang then hit Chou with a chair and hogtied him with the help of others at the luncheon. Jeong Parkstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 22 May 2022 The two or three contest winners from each school are hosted by Kiwanis at a luncheon in April -- this year on Thursday (April 28) at Williams on the Lake. Mary Jane Brewer, cleveland, 2 May 2022 Candidates Lindy Blanchard and Tim James also spoke at the luncheon. Mike Cason |, al, 29 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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21 Sep 2022

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“Luncheon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Oct. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of luncheon

2 : a formal lunch

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