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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Fraser initially spoke out about the allegations in a 2018 interview with GQ, saying he was groped by Berk at a summer luncheon held by the HFPA. Elise Brisco, USA TODAY, 16 Nov. 2022 Fraser has accused Philip Berk, former president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, of groping him at an HFPA luncheon in 2003. Brendan Morrow, The Week, 16 Nov. 2022 That's exactly what attendees at the Pine Bluff Rotary Club luncheon on Tuesday got with two in-the-know Razorbacks -- former quarterback Quinn Grovey and former assistant men's basketball coach Matt Zimmerman. Suzi Parker, Arkansas Online, 2 Nov. 2022 Bright colors and flavors blend at a casual luncheon. Krissa Rossbund, Better Homes & Gardens, 23 Sep. 2022 Connie Britton and Sydney Sweeney reunite at the Glamour x Tory Burch luncheon celebrating the Emmys at Holloway House in West Hollywood on Sept. 10. People Staff, Peoplemag, 16 Sep. 2022 San Diego lawmakers gave varied appraisals of the economy, and what to do about it, at a congressional luncheon hosted by the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce this week. Deborah Sullivan Brennan, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Aug. 2022 Among the classic fair foods at Thursday’s luncheon were corn dogs, pizza, cheese dip and chips, loaded fries, cotton candy, and many more traditional items that will be offered over the next ten days. Alexandria Brown, Arkansas Online, 14 Oct. 2022 Kids Foundation luncheon was about the longtime play-by-play announcer of Crimson Tide football games. Michael Casagrande |, al, 3 Aug. 2022 See More

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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 9 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition


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

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