lun·​cheon·​ette ˌlən-chə-ˈnet How to pronounce luncheonette (audio)
: a small restaurant serving light lunches

Examples of luncheonette in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The site of Pete’s Candy Store, on Lorimer Street, was once a general store, a luncheonette and a gambling den. New York Times, 29 Jan. 2024 The recipes reflect the comfort food aesthetic that Christensen serves at this former pie shop and luncheonette: Pimento Cheese, Deviled Eggs, Macaroni au Gratin and Tomato Pie. Charlotte Observer, 19 Sep. 2016 For example, in the 1930s, '40s, and '50s, individual Charlotte Russe cakes were a popular treat sold in bakeries, candy stores, and luncheonettes in some New York City neighborhoods. Sheri Castle, Southern Living, 3 Oct. 2023 Because this is a luncheonette, there are milkshakes, made with ice cream from Adirondack Creamery (chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, pistachio) and overflowing from tall soda-fountain-style glasses. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, 16 June 2023 The Brazilian luncheonette has a sprawling menu, but the supercharged hamburger is the standout. Esra Erol, Bon Appétit, 5 Aug. 2022 A century later, this Automat isn’t a luncheonette filled with hazy cigarette smoke and mashed potatoes. Cesar Hernandez, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 June 2022 This luncheonette is a neighborhood institution and is conveniently located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan just under a mile from the finish line. Kylee Van Horn and Allison Knott, Outside Online, 26 Oct. 2022 The life at the luncheonette and the bowling alley, scrambling for a few bucks... Terry Pluto, cleveland, 5 June 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1913, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of luncheonette was in 1913

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“Luncheonette.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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lun·​cheon·​ette ˌlən-chə-ˈnet How to pronounce luncheonette (audio)
: a place where light lunches are sold

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