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

Club members participate in freshwater fishing challenges, summer saltwater charters, surf fishing tournaments, RV camping trips, picnics, and community service to help kids go fishing. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Encinitas Senior of the Year selected," 10 June 2019 Free from Perry's threat, the women conclude the season with an idyllic, man-free picnic on the beach. Elena Nicolaou, refinery29.com, "Wait, How Did Perry Die In Big Little Lies Again?," 8 June 2019 While other people might be planning summer trips, hitting the pool, and going to picnics, those with summer SAD might not be in the mood for those activities. Shelby Deering, Good Housekeeping, "Summer Depression Is a Thing — Here’s What You Need to Know," 7 June 2019 SUNDAY Hometown Picnic: The picnic, including a 19th century baseball game and celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Naperville Heritage Society,, is set for 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. June 9 at Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St. Michelle Mullins, Naperville Sun, "This Week in Naperville," 6 June 2019 Video of the confrontation showed Howell on May 26 approaching Franklin and Jessica Richardson, along with their dog, as the couple sought a picnic spot and possible cabin on Oktibbeha County Lake near Starkville. Eliott C. Mclaughlin, CNN, "She was fired for pulling a gun on a black couple. Now, the ex-campground employee has been arrested," 4 June 2019 In a tiny space, chef Monta Rozenburga creates vegan favorites with pluck and precision worth taking to go for a picnic. Elizabeth Wellington, Vogue, "Plan a Summer Stay in Salesas, Madrid’s Smallest Neighborhood," 25 May 2019 Make this ultimate salad meets sandwich combo for a picnic a few hours in advance. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Grilled Chicken Caesar Baguette," 20 May 2019 Hannah and Colton climbed into a hot tub and enjoyed a picnic, which is when Colton asked her to make a toast. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Who Is Hannah Brown, the 'Bachelor' Star Looking for "Fierce Love"?," 6 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

High water and swift-moving rapids can pose a threat to river rafters, tubers, anglers, swimmers as well as families who picnic by the water, according to CPW. Longmont Times-call, The Denver Post, "Officials warn some Colorado waterways running high," 8 June 2019 Many of the rooms overlook Parker’s Piece, a grassy common popular with picnicking Cantabrigians and students pedaling toward the city center, less than a mile away. Jo Rodgers, Condé Nast Traveler, "Cambridge Is Worth More than Just a Day Trip from London," 17 Oct. 2018 History lesson: Modern-day Boston Common is a vibrant green space where families and couples can picnic, ride a Swan Boat, and see an outdoor concert. Condé Nast Traveler, "8 Most Haunted Cities In America and Why You Should Visit," 18 Oct. 2018 The paved path has a few benches for resting and taking in the views of the bay and large grassy swaths for picnicking — though lack of shade makes hats and hydration mandatory. Loren King, BostonGlobe.com, "Past is present in Warwick — at Rocky Point Park and during Gaspee Days fest," 15 May 2018 More than 72,000 acres are available for picnicking at Michigan's Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Country Living, "July Is National Picnic Month," 7 July 2014 From exploring one of the region’s top-notch parks to picnicking next to a waterfront Italian-style villa, the city offers plenty to pique the interest of both adults and children. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The best things to do with kids in 13 U.S. cities," 20 Nov. 2018 Before Panorama Park was turned into a graveyard, it was once used by Raqqa’s families to picnic and smoke hookah pipes. Raja Abdulrahim, WSJ, "To Rebuild a Syrian City, Men First Dig Up and Rebury the Dead," 26 Oct. 2018 Videos taken at Lake Merritt on Thursday show people jumping rope, picnicking and even doing the electric slide while enjoying the public space. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Immigration is tearing Republicans apart," 17 May 2018

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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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