picnic

noun, often attributive
pic·​nic | \ˈpik-(ˌ)nik \

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 \ 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

The activities often include hunting, hiking, picnics, and barbecues, People reports. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Will Reportedly Vacation in Scotland with the Queen," 1 Aug. 2018 Children and their parents participated in family activities on July 3 and celebrated with snow cones, picnics and festive cheers. Patricia Dillon, Houston Chronicle, "Thousands celebrate Independence Day at the July 3 symphony concert," 5 July 2018 There were the traditional helpings of fireworks, picnics and the swearing in of new citizens, but the festive spirit was also marked at times by apprehension over the direction of the country. Reis Thebault, Washington Post, "Fourth of July celebrations more meaningful, worrisome for some Americans," 4 July 2018 Organized events July 4 is a day of laid-back picnics and backyard barbecues. Tony Bizjak, sacbee, "Here's your Fourth of July playbook for the Sacramento region," 3 July 2018 There are also longer picnic and trail rides to Beaver Lake along with sunset dinner outings to the popular Beano’s Cabin. Discover Magazine, "Be In the Moments, In the Mountains, Together," 22 June 2018 Events include parades, picnics and celebrations of African-American heritage. Editors, USA TODAY, "Trump's immigration policy, Juneteenth, World Cup group stage: 5 things to know Tuesday," 19 June 2018 This translates into being mindful of the DEI concept in social settings, gatherings, picnics, and every social aspect of your company. Marinel De Jesus, Outside Online, "Outdoor Companies: Get Smart About Hiring," 8 June 2018 San Francisco County Fair Building, Ninth Ave. and Lincoln Way, S.F. www.sfsucculent.org Summer Solstice with Reclaiming East Bay A summer solstice celebration ritual, picnic and BBQ. Chronicle Staff Report, San Francisco Chronicle, "Events listings," 7 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 This giant park features more then 830 feet of interactive fountains and a large grassy area perfect for picnicking or just relaxing. 8. Carolina Gusman, sandiegouniontribune.com, "San Diego Comic-Con 2018: 15 free things to do before and after Comic-Con around San Diego County," 13 July 2018 There will be plenty of children, hammocks and tables for picnicking. New York Times, "Free (or Cheap) Things to Do in NYC This Weekend," 5 July 2018 Legoland does not permit outside food or drinks but has grassy areas just outside the park gates if visitors want to picnic. Dawn Gilbertson, azcentral, "San Diego discounts, deals, money-saving tips," 29 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

: 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 \

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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