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

Bring your own seating and picnic under the stars. 5-9 p.m. Tamarac Park, 7501 N. University Drive, Tamarac. Mary Lou Cruz, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Sunrise area events July 18-28," 13 July 2018 The grounds — with its lawn and sweeping views of the bay, ocean and sound — is a great spot to picnic. Peter Marteka, courant.com, "A Visit To Stonington's Seashore And Preserve Where Expansive Views And Connecticut History Are Showcased," 6 July 2018 The White House invited some 1,500 military families to the picnic, according to the first lady's office, with 5,500 more invited for the fireworks. Fox News, "Trump praises military for keeping US 'safe, strong, proud'," 5 July 2018 Privacy - Terms Read More Want to watch fireworks or go to a picnic or parade on the Fourth of July? Alex Harris, miamiherald, "Keep an eye on the sky before you leave for fireworks. There might be thunderstorms.," 3 July 2018 Families are invited to picnic on the school grounds, but no alcoholic beverages or grills will be allowed, according to the city and park district. Jennifer Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Fireworks, Kiddie Parade return to Park Ridge for July 4th holiday," 26 June 2018 Bring lawn chairs, blankets, a picnic and bug spray — don't forget that last item. Sandy Guerra-cline, star-telegram, "'Waitress' leads the menu of top 10 things to do in DFW," 13 June 2018 The overall ambience was that of a beautiful, elegant backyard party—made possible with long picnic tables and benches, no assigned seating, no fancy dishes or silverware, and plants at every turn. Brooke Porter Katz, Harper's BAZAAR, "Ellen Bennett & Casey Caplowe's Wedding Was Outside-The-Box in Every Way," 14 Feb. 2019 While the electrons zip around like kids at a sugar picnic, the ions are a drunk dad that falls asleep by the grill. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Technical tour-de-force traps positrons," 11 Dec. 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

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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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