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

Keep scrolling for more

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.
See More

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Just outside a wall of glass sits what must be the longest picnic table in America. Jonathan Van Meter, Vogue, "The Awakening of Kim Kardashian West," 10 Apr. 2019 No furniture except for a makeshift picnic table set up in the middle and boxes and boxes of files. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "From Nightmare Temp Jobs to Ticket Scalper Horror Stories—The Side Hustles We Don't Recommend," 9 Apr. 2019 Pick up provisions at the farmers market or dogs at Mustard's Last Stand and picnic by the water. Melanie D.g. Kaplan, chicagotribune.com, "Boulder, Colorado, does things its own way," 12 July 2018 Those attending are welcome to bring blankets, chairs, umbrellas and picnics, but they are reminded that no alcohol, smoking or pets will be allowed on school property. Ramona Sentinel, "Independence Day to start with parade, end with fireworks," 27 June 2018 Health officials recommend the following: Do not feed rodents in picnic or campground areas and never handle sick or dead rodents. Christina Lords, idahostatesman, "SW Idaho cat infected in problem area known for previous plague cases," 26 June 2018 As part of the agreement, SCG TMG Fox View South Elgin LLC will build a permanent band shell and picnic shelter on the north end of Patton Mill Park for village events. Janelle Walker, Elgin Courier-News, "South Elgin OKs plans for new apartment building; developer to build village band shell as part of deal," 5 June 2018 Hammerle Park picnic shelter next to Bolton School, Highway 43 and Lewis Street, West Linn Wilsonville Garden Club Annual Plant Sale: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sun and shade planters as well as blooming annuals. Corey Sheldon, OregonLive.com, "HG calendar May 12-20: nurture Mother's Day memories in the garden," 11 May 2018 The 70-acre site will feature an aquatic center, a lake for fishing, a gym/auditorium, picnic shelters, a sports field, a water spray park and more. Donna M. Owens, baltimoresun.com, "Virginia Beach: Where to take the kids and what to check out this summer," 9 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 During a visit to Fraser Island, the Duchess of Sussex accepted a baby play mat, complete with a scene of Australian animals picnicking. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "The Most Unusual Baby Gifts Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Have Received So Far," 24 Oct. 2018 Other activities include biRoadwatching, hiking, picnicking and playing host to the state's oldest outdoor dance at the park’s concession building. Jerry Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, "State parks abound in the San Antonio area," 11 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'picnic.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about picnic

Statistics for picnic

Last Updated

20 Apr 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for picnic

The first known use of picnic was in 1815

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

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
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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on picnic

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for picnic

Spanish Central: Translation of picnic

Nglish: Translation of picnic for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of picnic for Arabic Speakers

Comments on picnic

What made you want to look up picnic? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to affect and impair by alcohol or a drug

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Latin Quiz

  • roman forum
  • Which of the following months comes from a Latin word for “ten”?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!