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 For decades melamine has been the de facto material for lightweight picnic tableware. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appétit, "With These Bamboo Plates, the World Is My Picnic," 11 Sep. 2020 Following pandemic-era picnic protocol, all of the food and drink was served in individual portions. Sharyn Jackson, Star Tribune, "5 best things our food writers ate in the Twin Cities this week," 11 Sep. 2020 Here’s the table of contents to the full guide, which includes crucial wisdom such as which Bay Area restaurants are offering the best picnic baskets. Esther Mobley, SFChronicle.com, "Winemakers are worrying about smoke taint, but wine drinkers should not," 10 Sep. 2020 Patrons can bring picnic blankets and lawn chairs for their pod. Chris Sims, The Indianapolis Star, "Missing baseball in Indianapolis? 'Flicks at Victory Field' offers baseball movie classics," 10 Sep. 2020 Grab one of the shaded picnic pavilions overlooking the bayou and fuel up for the pedal back. Jessica Fender, NOLA.com, "3 trips on the Tammany Trace for bridges, beaches and brewpubs in safe, natural settings," 8 Sep. 2020 This dish works with almost anything: an outdoor picnic or sandwiches. Xavier Cousens, WSJ, "Readers’ Favorite Summer Recipes," 4 Sep. 2020 The full-service restaurant will feature an extensive grab-and-go picnic market including salads, sandwiches, and European classics. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "Chef Curtis Stone Is Opening a Gourmet Picnic Popup In LA," 4 Sep. 2020 Various picnic packages are available, ranging from an intimate setting for two, to a large party for up to 10. Christen A. Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Siblings offer luxe picnics as a way to socialize, bolster relationships and mental health during the pandemic," 3 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb For example, like a lot of items during the pandemic — dumbbells, bicycles, kiddie pools — picnic tables were in short supply this summer. Richard A. Marini, ExpressNews.com, "Neighborhood volunteers create pocket park from eyesore in Fairfield near Starcrest and Loop 410 in San Antonio," 9 Sep. 2020 The outdoor play will start at 7 p.m. each night at Solon Community Park, welcoming attendees to the fun while socially distancing with lawn chairs and picnic blankets. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, "17 things to do in Cleveland this Labor Day weekend," 3 Sep. 2020 The people arrived with strollers, bicycles, picnic blankets and dogs and raised their arms toward the cloudless sky to pray and sing along to worship songs. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Kenosha updates: Small group continues protest, while police arrest some past curfew," 27 Aug. 2020 The Friends of Jerusalem Mill, an all-volunteer, nonprofit public charity, preserves and maintains the historic Jerusalem Mill Village in Kingsville, and the 25 surrounding acres that includes hiking trails and picnic areas. baltimoresun.com, "Friends of Jerusalem Mill donates $500 each to Joppa-Magnolia, Kingsville fire companies after First Responder Day canceled," 31 Aug. 2020 The intent is a contactless system, Anderson said, and servers on roller skates will deliver orders to picnic tables or the guest’s vehicle. Leeanne Griffin, courant.com, "CT chef Tyler Anderson goes back to his SoCal roots with TA-Que, featuring street tacos and barbecue in Millwright’s parking lot," 26 Aug. 2020 The gingham included in this set makes these face masks picnic-ready. Kiana Murden, CNN Underscored, "23 things you never thought to bring to your safe picnic," 25 Aug. 2020 Stone Mountain’s Main Street features a gazebo where families picnic. Arvin Temkar, Washington Post, "More ‘Black Lives Matter’ signs than Confederate flags in the new Stone Mountain, Ga.," 21 Aug. 2020 On a weekday afternoon, North Beach is nearly empty, and its barbecue pits, bright yellow swings and picnic tables remain up for grabs. Jessica Fender, NOLA.com, "Take a weekend drive to friendly Fairhope for fishing, quiet beaches and quirky 'castles'," 18 Aug. 2020

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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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Time Traveler for picnic

Time Traveler

The first known use of picnic was in 1815

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Last Updated

16 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Picnic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/picnic. Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for picnic

picnic

noun
How to pronounce picnic (audio)

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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