lun·​cheon ˈlən-chən How to pronounce luncheon (audio)
: 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 the American Bar Association luncheon in Washington, D.C., Wray said the agency is working to prevent a coordinated attack from terrorist groups such as ISIS-K, an affiliate of ISIS. Luke Barr, ABC News, 9 Apr. 2024 Speaking directly to the Sandman’s general manager Kathleen McCarthy, Taft said everyone present at Tuesday’s luncheon was pulling for the hotel to make a quick recovery. Harrison Mantas, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 9 Apr. 2024 The filmmaker luncheon will follow hot on the heels of Universal and Focus Features’ studio presentation on Wednesday at which the companies will present their upcoming slates. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, 5 Apr. 2024 Last year’s winner sets the menu, and the only people invited are those with green jackets. College basketball has its version, a Final Four luncheon before Saturday’s semifinals. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Apr. 2024 Recent Oscar-winner Downey is a longtime friend of Aniston's and was seen posing with her at the AFI Awards' luncheon in Beverly Hills, California, back in January. Tommy McArdle, Peoplemag, 1 Apr. 2024 The luncheon called all Black women in the industry to reclaim their power and own their gifts. Dominique Fluker, Essence, 22 Mar. 2024 Highlights include a luncheon with tea service and dessert treats along with an auction, a raffle and Treasures of the Tea Surprise Boxes and CRC Resale Store Pop-up Shops. Linda McIntosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Mar. 2024 Former staffer Madison Pierce said that in 2021, Tebbutt led a recruitment luncheon with several IHOPU leaders. Judy L. Thomas, Kansas City Star, 25 Mar. 2024

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Word History


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

First Known Use

circa 1652, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of luncheon was circa 1652

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Cite this Entry

“Luncheon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


lun·​cheon ˈlən-chən How to pronounce luncheon (audio)
: a light meal at midday
especially : a formal lunch

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