lunch·​time | \ ˈlənch-ˌtīm How to pronounce lunchtime (audio) \

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.
Recent Examples on the Web At lunchtime, a line of customers formed and the phone kept ringing. Imelda García, Dallas News, "How a family overcame a tornado, a car crash and COVID-19 to reopen their Mexican restaurant in Dallas," 21 Oct. 2020 The prime time for severe storms will be from lunchtime on Saturday through the nighttime hours, according to the weather service. Leigh Morgan, al, "Hurricane Delta to bring rain, wind, tornado threat to Alabama starting today," 9 Oct. 2020 Also expect more substantial savory lunchtime options like asam laksa, a spicy-sour mackerel noodle soup popular in Penang. Janelle Bitker,, "7 highly anticipated Bay Area restaurants still opening this fall," 9 Sep. 2020 As the man descended from a Mercedes into the quaint bistro on Tuesday at lunchtime, security detail in tow, the restaurateur started to believe it. Christine Condon,, "Kanye West dines at restaurant on Maryland’s Eastern Shore," 2 Sep. 2020 On August 19th, a nine-year-old boy and his mother were shot and seriously injured on a street eight blocks from the school, when two men stepped out of a car and fired into a crowd at lunchtime. Peter Slevin, The New Yorker, "Running a Virtual School on Chicago’s West Side," 20 Sep. 2020 Keeping their distance: In Verde’s cafeteria, markings on the benches signify where students should sit during lunchtime to stay six feet apart. Lois K. Solomon,, "Welcome to Boca Raton’s newest socially distanced school," 16 Sep. 2020 On May 7, National Prayer Day, about 50 people gathered during lunchtime at the company’s flagpole. Bob Davis, WSJ, "A Furniture Maker’s Five-Month Struggle With Covid. ‘You Can’t Really Have a Plan.’," 3 Sep. 2020 Chipotle released the news about the trivia contest about 8 a.m. ET and had its winners – conveniently – around lunchtime. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, "Chipotle IQ trivia game gets 250,000 winning burrito-loving 'brainiacs' quickly, but you can still take quiz," 27 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of lunchtime

1859, in the meaning defined above

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29 Oct 2020

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“Lunchtime.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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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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