lunch·​time | \ˈlənch-ˌtīm \

Definition of lunchtime 

: the time at which lunch is usually eaten : noon

Examples of lunchtime in a Sentence

It was nearly lunchtime when we got there. They enjoyed the lunchtimes they spent together.

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The largest sack is perfect for hauling laundry to and fro; the smaller sizes can hold a lunchtime picnic or a change of clothes for a dip in a hot spring. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The ultimate van life shopping guide," 14 Nov. 2018 More research is needed to further understand why some people can’t skip breakfast without getting miserable by lunchtime, but these studies provide initial clues. Alexandra Sifferlin, Time, "Here’s Why You Get Hangry, According to Science," 11 June 2018 By lunchtime on Friday, $1,230 of the $100,000 goal was raised. Paula Mcmahon,, "Family that took in Florida shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz hit with lawsuits and criticism," 21 May 2018 Temperatures quickly rise into the 60s after sunrise and should be approaching 70 by lunchtime. Rick Grow, Washington Post, "PM Update: Spotty shower/t’storm possible into tonight; partly sunny and pleasant on Monday," 6 May 2018 Wade Oval Wednesdays began in the early 2000s as a lunchtime event., "WOW! Wade Oval Wednesday 2018 schedule (photos)," 2 May 2018 His parents came for him and by lunchtime he was gone. Michael Lindsay-hogg, Town & Country, "Brando in a Blue Blazer," 22 Aug. 2013 Lines of workers waiting for burgers, sandwiches and burritos stream down city streets at lunchtime. Jay Greene, WSJ, "The ‘Prosperity Bomb’ of an Amazonian Invasion," 15 Nov. 2018 The Royal Wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle takes place on Saturday lunchtime but of course proceeds the main event at 17:15: the FA Cup final., "'A Marriage Made in Heaven': MOTD Pundit Gary Linekar Reveals His Excitement for the FA Cup Final," 19 May 2018

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First Known Use of lunchtime

1859, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of lunchtime

: the time in the middle of the day when people usually eat lunch

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