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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Last Tuesday, some 90 years after its inaugural style show, the Junior League of Houston eliminated the luncheon program altogether. Amber Elliott, Houston Chronicle, "Big changes to Junior League's Opening Style Show lead to the ultimate Tuesday night fashion party," 11 Sep. 2019 Poniewozik will be talking about his book in October at the Ann Arbor District Library downtown branch and the Metro Detroit Book and Author Society's fall luncheon. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "Cable TV, Donald Trump's presidency unquestionably tied together: Author explains how," 10 Sep. 2019 The Oceanside Senior Anglers hosted a fundraiser luncheon featuring pulled pork sandwiches at Martin Luther King Park in Oceanside. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Fishing club hosts fundraiser to benefit area Marines, youths," 9 Sep. 2019 Some 30 years ago, Jacobs made his customary visit to Wilmington for the annual Media Day luncheon to kick off a new season. Kevin Paul Dupont,, "Looking at the legacy of Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs," 7 Sep. 2019 Sponsored by the HDG Arts Commission, the luncheon and performance costs $35 for adults and $25 for children. Ronald Browning,, "Havre de Grace: Children’s Art Festival at Tydings Park set for Saturday," 5 Sep. 2019 The annual luncheon on Friday brought together more than 1,000 arts, business and civic leaders to mark the beginning of a new arts season and to take stock of the arts' economic impact on the city. Domenica Bongiovanni, Indianapolis Star, "Vote for your favorite 'High Art' billboard in Central Indiana," 3 Sep. 2019 Our faves were at it again—showing out on red carpets, luncheons and after-parties all weekend long. Natasha Hatendi, Essence, "Missy Elliott, Laverne Cox, Regina Hall, And More Celebs Out And About," 29 Aug. 2019 The American Legion hosts an annual luncheon and dance for the most senior veterans — those from World War II and the Korean War, all now at least in their mid-80s. Hillary Davis, Daily Pilot, "WWII and Korean War vets help celebrate American Legion centennial at Newport post," 15 Aug. 2019

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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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The first known use of luncheon was circa 1652

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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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