picnic

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noun

pic·​nic ˈpik-(ˌ)nik How to pronounce picnic (audio)
often attributive
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
2
a
: 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
picnicky adjective

picnic

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verb

picnicked; picnicking

intransitive verb

: to go on a picnic : eat in picnic fashion
picnicker noun

Example Sentences

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Also new this year is a chance to win a picnic prize package valued at almost $360. Karl Schneider, The Indianapolis Star, 25 Nov. 2022 On a Sunday afternoon in September, families held a picnic at Thie ny Gaelgey — or the House of the Manx Language — and played soccer in the sun, while chatting in Manx. Megan Specia, New York Times, 24 Nov. 2022 During the picnic, the children and the guests ate marmalade sandwiches, and Bonneville performed a reading of the story Paddington Takes A Bath. Quinci Legardye, Harper's BAZAAR, 24 Nov. 2022 Think glass terrariums filled with mossy greens, handmade ceramics, stone garden animals, potted plants, pewter picnic-ware, water cans, bird houses, trowels, and garden shears. Lauren Daley, BostonGlobe.com, 23 Nov. 2022 Guests stayed in nearby homes and hotels and followed personalized itineraries that included fly-fishing, a fancy picnic and a horse exhibition. Jill Newman, Robb Report, 20 Nov. 2022 On May 20, 1897, the Cook County Business-men’s Association sponsored a picnic at Electric Park, at Elston and Belmont avenues. Ron Grossman, Chicago Tribune, 20 Nov. 2022 There are picnic benches and beach chairs in multiple locations for lounging. Don Norcross, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Nov. 2022 Next Thursday, the Queen Consort will attend a special teddy bears picnic, featuring some of the stars of the Paddington movies. Simon Perry, Peoplemag, 18 Nov. 2022
Verb
Many were pleased with the outside lawn, which is filled with intimate seating areas, picnic tables, and lawn games. Christopher Muther, BostonGlobe.com, 25 Nov. 2022 In addition to picnic tables right next to the water, the Hidden Lake Loop Trail offers a fire pit with complimentary fire wood for use any time during park hours. John Pana, cleveland, 22 Oct. 2022 There are no amenities like bathrooms or picnic tables, but the sweeping views are priceless. Robert Annis, Chicago Tribune, 20 Oct. 2022 Additional benefits of the Lower Fall trail is that at the start of it are flushable toilets, picnic tables, and an ice-cold drinking fountain. Chris Van Leuven, Outside Online, 19 Oct. 2022 In all the park has more than 80 paintings on seven acres with sculptures, gardens, playgrounds and picnic tables. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Oct. 2022 Facilities: Restrooms, water, picnic tables, grills, sports facilities, playground. Mare Czinar, The Arizona Republic, 30 Aug. 2022 Containers, picnic baskets and coolers have to be able to fit under your seats or within your box. Los Angeles Times, 2 June 2022 Their assortment is made up of seven new products — from pint glasses and picnic baskets to pillows and serving platters — all uniquely designed in an array of aesthetics by independent artists. Mariah Thomas, Good Housekeeping, 17 May 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

1826, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1815, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of picnic was in 1815

Dictionary Entries Near picnic

Cite this Entry

“Picnic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/picnic. Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

picnic 1 of 2

noun

pic·​nic ˈpik-(ˌ)nik How to pronounce picnic (audio)
1
: a meal eaten outdoors often during a trip away from home
2
a
: a pleasant or carefree experience
breaking a leg is no picnic
b
: an easy task
3
: a shoulder of pork that is often smoked and boned
picnicky adjective

picnic

2 of 2

verb

picnicked; picnicking
: to go on a picnic : eat as if on a picnic
picnicker noun

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