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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Iran’s president, for example, skips the annual luncheon for world leaders hosted by the U.N. secretary-general. Farnaz Fassihi, WSJ, "Trump to Host U.N. Security Council Meeting on Iran," 4 Sep. 2018 The annual luncheon of Broward’s Haitian-American Democratic Club attracted two members of Congress, three state legislators, the Broward County mayor and several city commissioners from throughout the county — many of whom aren’t Haitian-American. Anthony Man,, "Haitian-American voters could turn on Trump," 5 July 2018 Acceptance speech how-to is a standard fixture at the annual luncheon, which provides a chance for the nominees, from Lady Gaga to Rami Malek, to socialize ahead of the Oscars ceremony in a low-pressure environment. Lindsey Bahr, The Seattle Times, "At Oscar nominees luncheon, a pitch for brevity," 5 Feb. 2019 Daily activities include: yoga, mini spa treatments, forest bathing, spa luncheons, herbalism, wellness discussions, and more. Micaela English, Town & Country, "8 Wellness Retreats To Reset Your Body And Mind," 17 Dec. 2018 The couple, just like Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, were treated to a royal luncheon hosted by Queen Elizabeth II herself. Tess Kornfeld, Glamour, "Here's Everything That Happened at Princess Eugenie's Royal Wedding Reception," 13 Oct. 2018 Football fans can get an early preview of the season from first-year UCF coach Josh Heupel who will headline the school’s Countdown to Kickoff luncheon set for Thursday, Aug. 16 at CFE Arena. Matt Murschel,, "New UCF coach Josh Heupel to highlight annual Countdown to Kickoff luncheon," 28 June 2018 And he was invited to an exclusive annual luncheon with the president, along with anchors from major news outlets, for the first time last year. New York Times, "An Evangelical Journalist Finds His Calling at the White House," 14 May 2018 The former Alabama senator spoke to the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives CEO luncheon at the Sheraton hotel in downtown Birmingham. Carol Robinson,, "1 dead, 1 jailed after Thursday-night shooting in Etowah County," 23 Mar. 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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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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a sum of money that is sent as a payment

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