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.

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By lunchtime, Woods had moved 60 spots up on the leaderboard and into tie for ninth place, drawing Sunday crowds and roars on his way to a seven-under-par 65 — his career-best score at TPC Sawgrass during 64 rounds. Edgar Thompson,, "Webb Simpson stretches lead to seven after third round at The Players Championship," 13 May 2018 So Rodd Design’s Ode scent player wafts different scents to stimulate appetite before each meal: maybe grapefruit in the morning, pizza at lunchtime and chocolate cake at dinner. Susannah Gardiner, Smithsonian, "Could Our Housewares Keep Us Healthier?," 3 May 2018 Food was available only at lunchtime, from a limited menu of burgers and sandwiches. Matthew Hennessey, WSJ, "St. Patrick Brought the Green Stuff to My Barkeep Parents," 15 Mar. 2019 For lunchtime, Hannah hits up the local farmers market for some kale to make a salmon banh mi bowl, a recipe from her new cookbook Do What Feels Good. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Everything Hannah Bronfman Eats in a Day," 24 Jan. 2019 PH Quixote and PH Keston have been patrolling around the Churchill Gardens area @MPSChurchill @MPSWestminster this lunchtime as here have been reports of anti-social behaviour. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "A Horse That Often Escorted Queen Elizabeth Has Sadly Died," 4 Jan. 2019 The walkout will begin at lunchtime on September 18. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Workers at McDonald's to Stage a #MeToo-Inspired Strike," 13 Sep. 2018 Hamilton, 31, a roofer with a history of suicide attempts and schizophrenia, was sleeping on a bench in Red Arrow Park downtown at lunchtime on April 30, 2014. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Implementation of mental health training plan for officers runs counter to recommendations," 8 June 2018 In addition, thunderstorms are expected to impact the Jersey Shore sometime until lunchtime on Monday, according to the National Weather Service. Matthew Diebel, USA TODAY, "Spring storm slams Northeast, Midwest and South, bringing heavy snow and flooding, travel chaos," 16 Apr. 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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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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