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 picnicky (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

Its pavilion, anchored by a pair of massive stone fireplaces, also makes a cozy spot to picnic. Lori Rackl, chicagotribune.com, "A guide to catching fall colors at Indiana Dunes National Park: Where to eat, sleep and hike," 19 Aug. 2019 From camping trips to Labor Day picnics, these hard and soft coolers are popular, durable options to keep your food and drinks cool. Paige Szmodis, Popular Mechanics, "Save Huge on These Top-Rated RTIC Coolers While It's Still Hot Out," 8 Aug. 2019 According to a history published in the 1997 Carroll County Fair Guide, the current version of the fair celebrates its roots going back to a picnic held Aug. 14, 1897 at the Otterdale Schoolhouse, in Taneytown. Kevin Dayhoff, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Dayhoff: Annual Carroll County 4-H and FFA Fair steeped in history and tradition," 26 July 2019 Food concessions are available on park grounds, but visitors are welcome to picnic on the grounds, as well. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Here's how to get into the Kentucky Horse Park for free this weekend," 25 July 2019 Aside from their working relationship, Wilson also had a personal connection to the royal family and sometimes joined them for picnics at Balmoral, Yahoo reports. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, "Queen Elizabeth Delays Vacation to Meet with Boris Johnson — Her 14th Prime Minister!," 23 July 2019 The hazy hot days followed by cool nights are perfect for picnics at a beach, park or outdoor movie screening. Genevieve Ko, latimes.com, "For a taste of the Mediterranean at home, try this vegan lentil salad recipe," 13 July 2019 But Coffin said the French affinity for picnics also helped spur the single-use boom. Hannah Whitaker, National Geographic, "Why carrying your own fork and spoon helps solve the plastic crisis," 28 June 2019 Attendees can look forward to a daylong picnic, with food and beverages served by the Cedarburg Lions Club. Jennifer Whidden, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Here's everything you need to know for 4th of July in Milwaukee and the suburbs," 13 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

For more walking, or picnicking, there’s Kings Park — larger than Central Park and filled with botanic gardens, bushland and trails. Kathryn Romeyn, The Hollywood Reporter, "Hollywood's Travel Guide to Western Australia," 16 July 2019 In The Press, Chris Macias lists the best wineries across the state for picnicking in these warmer months. Esther Mobley, SFChronicle.com, "Wine and barbecue, a perfect pairing," 4 July 2019 Mardi Gras Park also will be open for picnicking and fireworks viewing. Lawrence Specker | Lspecker@al.com, al.com, "July 4 on the coast: Fireworks shows in Mobile, Baldwin," 3 July 2019 Don’t feel bound to picnic tables — sometimes a tree stump or a patch of grass in the shade (or sun, depending on the temperature) is the more pleasant option. Alison Sherwood, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "On-the-go, kid-friendly picnic spots in Milwaukee (and foods) for summer fun and memories," 5 June 2019 The festival started July 3 with four hours of carnival games, inflatable attractions for kids, picnicking and music before a fireworks show capped the evening. Steve Sadin, chicagotribune.com, "Fourth of July parade, ‘Family Days’ festival help make holiday a community affair in Deerfield," 5 July 2019 The park is the site of community events and a spot for people watching and picnicking. Martina Schimitschek, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Borrego Springs: Low-key oasis with small-town vibe, set in the Anza-Borrego Desert," 27 June 2019 Wellman proposed that following construction, residents will be given the opportunity to picnic and canoe along the river creating an overall more interactive experience. Tyra Mcclung, courant.com, "Simsbury’s Old Drake Hill Flower Bridge will be closed this season as construction begins on a new park," 13 June 2019 The city would also convert land into two athletic fields, make 13 grassy acres available for picnicking and incorporate several more wooded acres into Discovery Park. USA TODAY, "Black Union regiment flag, Notorious BIG, Pikachu the mini pony: News from around our 50 states," 12 June 2019

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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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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
informal : 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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