picnic

noun, often attributive
pic·​nic | \ ˈpik-(ˌ)nik How to pronounce picnic (audio) \

Definition of picnic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an excursion or outing with food usually provided by members of the group and eaten in the open also : the food provided for a picnic
2a : a pleasant or amusingly carefree experience I don't expect being married to be a picnic— Josephine Pinckney
b : an easy task or feat
3 : a shoulder of pork with much of the butt removed

picnic

verb
picnicked; picnicking

Definition of picnic (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to go on a picnic : eat in picnic fashion

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Other Words from picnic

Noun

picnicky \ ˈpik-​(ˌ)ni-​kē How to pronounce picnic (audio) \ adjective

Verb

picnicker noun

Examples of picnic in a Sentence

Noun We decided to have a picnic on the beach. We ate our picnic by the lake. The annual school picnic is this weekend. This winter is a picnic compared with last year's. Verb We picnicked in the park.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Meet at the picnic table area in the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve south beach parking lot. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Sep. 2021 Every inch of bench space and every picnic table was taken, but there was still plenty of space on the periphery to social-distance and clearly see the show. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12 Sep. 2021 Istria puts them all out on a picnic table underneath a vine-laced arbor, then covers them in world-class olive oil. Adam Erace, Travel + Leisure, 4 Sep. 2021 At a picnic table, Art Ivanoff sat watching two loons glide across the lake. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, 2 Sep. 2021 In this setting, the musician’s green room is quite literally a picnic table in the open greenery. oregonlive, 24 Aug. 2021 Sambour asks later at the picnic table, where people are serving themselves paper plates of cha leah, stained yellow from kroeung. AZCentral.com, 18 Aug. 2021 With that, some attendees flocked outside to voice their complaints about masks and other issues, taking turns to step up and speak from a picnic table and a lawn. BostonGlobe.com, 14 Aug. 2021 Sitting in the shade at a picnic table outside the Switchpoint shelter in St. George, Jerry hangs his head in his hands. Bethany Rodgers, The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb While Victor Glemaud has stayed true to the brand’s knack for chunky, luxurious yet wearable knitwear, Sandy Liang is tapping into cottagecore with bib collars and picnic-ready black-and-white dresses. Frances Solá-santiago, refinery29.com, 8 Sep. 2021 In 2014, three generations of a Hillsboro family -- ages 3 to 42 -- drowned after arriving at the lake to picnic and swim. oregonlive, 8 Sep. 2021 The trail will skirt residential areas and John Phelps Park, which boasts a recreation center, playground and picnic areas. Lauren Girgis, Dallas News, 20 Aug. 2021 Urban Rivers hopes that, eventually, the river walkway will line the entire east side of Goose Island, and that a classroom area and other installations such as river overlooks and picnic seating are added. Talia Soglin, chicagotribune.com, 9 Aug. 2021 Today, recreationists can swim, picnic, view wildlife or enjoy one of the top paddling trails in Florida while kayaking or canoeing the 7-mile Juniper Run. Patrick Connolly, orlandosentinel.com, 29 Aug. 2021 After remodeling with outdoor seating, Mr. Atzbi set up a beer truck and picnic tables in his back lot and called it the Craicyard, playing on the Irish term for fun. New York Times, 28 Aug. 2021 Cooley’s Landing Park has large parking lot that leads to a boat ramp with direct access to water and the marina has a waterfront walkway and picnic pavilion. Chris Perkins, sun-sentinel.com, 25 Aug. 2021 People came to picnic once more, and that is a Bowl pleasure not to be denied. Los Angeles Times, 25 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of picnic

Noun

1826, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1815, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for picnic

Noun

German or French; German Picknick, from French pique-nique

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Last Updated

17 Sep 2021

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“Picnic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/picnic. Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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More Definitions for picnic

picnic

noun

English Language Learners Definition of picnic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a meal that is eaten outdoors especially during a trip away from home
: a trip or party that includes a meal eaten outdoors
: something that is pleasant or easy

picnic

verb

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

: to eat a meal outdoors especially during a trip away from home : to have a picnic

picnic

noun
pic·​nic | \ ˈpik-ˌnik How to pronounce picnic (audio) \

Kids Definition of picnic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an outdoor party with food taken along and eaten in the open
2 : a pleasant or carefree experience A broken leg is no picnic.

picnic

verb
picnicked; picnicking

Kids Definition of picnic (Entry 2 of 2)

: to go on a picnic

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