lunch

noun
\ ˈlənch How to pronounce lunch (audio) \

Definition of lunch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a usually light meal especially : one taken in the middle of the day
2 : the food prepared for a lunch
out to lunch
slang : out of touch with reality

lunch

verb
lunched; lunching; lunches

Definition of lunch (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to eat lunch

transitive verb

: to treat to lunch

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Other Words from lunch

Verb

luncher noun

Examples of lunch in a Sentence

Noun

I like to eat a healthy lunch every day. We took a picnic lunch to the park. They've brought their own lunches with them. I had just a sandwich for lunch. I bought her some lunch.

Verb

She often lunches in the park.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

On New Year’s Eve, Trump had lunch with Sen. Lindsey Graham, who favors a U.S. presence in Syria. John Hudson, The Seattle Times, "Many of Trump’s advisers tried to derail Syria withdrawal," 13 Jan. 2019 Anticipating temple fatigue, which is a thing, Teyssier rented another traditional Khmer house to serve as a sort of day spa where guests can have lunch and get a massage. Rebecca Misner, Condé Nast Traveler, "Going Deeper in Cambodia," 19 Nov. 2018 In any event, no need to reserve a spot to have lunch with McMahon. Scott Wartman, Cincinnati.com, "The Steve Chabot fundraiser that did not exist," 12 July 2018 McConnell and Shell were headed back to their car after having lunch when approached by the group. The Courier-Journal, "Beshear and ICE protests: What you missed in Louisville this weekend," 9 July 2018 The tasks were different every day, from having lunch with an old friend, exercising for 30 minutes or putting together a playlist of happy songs. Houston Chronicle, "Bernstein Realty agents, staff complete Positivity Challenge," 1 July 2018 Over lunch in midtown Manhattan, a tattoo of an Icelandic compass symbol reveals itself on his right forearm. Jordan Runtagh, PEOPLE.com, "Graham Nash Tells the Wild Tales Behind His Most Enduring Songs," 29 June 2018 President Trump is having lunch with members of Congress at the White House on Tuesday. CBS News, "Trump lunches with members of Congress amid latest immigration push -- live stream," 26 June 2018 Head to your local Panera for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or even an mid-afternoon road trip snack. Sarah Schreiber, Good Housekeeping, "20 Restaurants That Will Stay Open on Easter Sunday," 12 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Almost no mention was made of the president’s national emergency declaration to expand the border wall with Mexico, even though the House was voting on an effort to block it as the senators lunched. Laurie Kellman, The Seattle Times, "Trump takes victory lap; parties start to pivot past Russia," 27 Mar. 2019 Djokovic appeared relaxed before play began last weekend, lunching with his wife, Jelena, and bouncing the oldest of their two children, Stefan, with his arms. Tom Perrotta, WSJ, "Novak Djokovic’s Journey From Superstar to Super-Vulnerable and Back Again," 28 Aug. 2018 Taylor then rose to welcome all the fashionable ladies who would soon be lunching. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "In Lieu of a Fashion Show, Tanya Taylor Hosted a Women-Only Power Lunch," 10 Feb. 2019 Black rhino—some mammalian reflection of the Jurassic, thick-skinned toughness of this landscape—lumber through the ravines, lunching on the weird euphorbia plants that are toxic to most other creatures. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, "Going Off-Grid in Namibia," 21 Dec. 2018 The royal family last month released three photos of a smiling Mrs. Robinson lunching with a dazed-looking Princess Latifa. Ann Mcelhinney And Phelim Mcaleer, WSJ, "Mrs. Robinson and the Missing Princess," 9 Jan. 2019 Bottom-dwelling on these menus forced us into territory that ladies who lunch might be more familiar with. Fox, Town & Country, "A Table for Mr. Fox," 21 Nov. 2012 The two young women shared a lot of the same friends and many of the same interests, and were soon lunching together every week. Marcia Moody, Town & Country, "Inside Princess Diana's Complicated Friendship with Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York," 22 July 2018 As a child, Blum would spend the week with his mother, an art historian, in Dobbs Ferry, New York, and weekends in Manhattan with his dad, lunching at the Odeon and visiting museums and galleries. Alex Bhattacharji, WSJ, "How Producer Jason Blum is Disrupting Hollywood," 16 July 2018

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First Known Use of lunch

Noun

1800, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1811, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for lunch

Noun

probably short for luncheon

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lunch

noun

English Language Learners Definition of lunch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a light meal eaten in the middle of the day

lunch

verb

English Language Learners Definition of lunch (Entry 2 of 2)

: to eat lunch

lunch

noun
\ ˈlənch How to pronounce lunch (audio) \

Kids Definition of lunch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a light meal especially when eaten in the middle of the day It's time for lunch.
2 : food prepared for lunch You're eating my lunch!

lunch

verb
lunched; lunching

Kids Definition of lunch (Entry 2 of 2)

: to eat lunch Let's lunch in the park.

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