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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The rest of the guests will walk from the chapel to the luncheon hosted by the Queen at St. George’s Hall. Tess Kornfeld, Glamour, "Here's a Complete Rundown of What Will Happen During the Royal Wedding," 12 May 2018 The Drake will host a royal-themed luncheon May 19 with the same menu served in 1996 when Prince Harry's mother Princess Diana stayed there. Beth J. Harpaz,, "Royal wedding: At hotels, $50K packages, Union Jack condoms," 2 May 2018 North Korean Leader Kim Jong-Il and South Korean President Roh Moo-Hyun (L) toast during a luncheon hosted by Kim for the inter-Korea Summit in Pyongyang, North Korea,on Oct. 4, 2007. Suyin Haynes, Time, "As North Korea's Kim Jong Un Makes a Historic Trip to the South, Here's What to Expect," 26 Apr. 2018 In her memoir, Bush writes about hosting a wedding luncheon for the daughter of a close friend of Lyndon Johnson in 1970, which the former president attended. Cooper Allen, USA TODAY, "Barbara Bush: Lesser-known facts about former first lady," 17 Apr. 2018 That was the message from those who spoke Friday at an annual luncheon hosted by SA2020, the nonprofit organization charged with overseeing the goals set by the community in September 2010. Josh Baugh, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio continues to improve on community goals set in 2010," 19 Jan. 2018 Smolenski, along with head coach Doug Pederson, attended the luncheon at the Wanamaker Building in Center City. Mitchell Gladstone,, "Eagles receive John Wanamaker Athletic Award," 11 June 2018 Pete Buttigieg, the openly gay mayor of South Bend, Ind., attended the luncheon. Emily Williams,, "Mayors to march with Walsh in Boston Pride Parade," 9 June 2018 The Christmas luncheon was the first time Markle, who is biracial, met Prince Harry’s extended family. Sarah Midkiff,, "The Princess Who Wore The Racist Brooch Was Still Invited To The Royal Wedding," 20 May 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 \

Kids Definition of luncheon

2 : a formal lunch

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