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picnic

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

Definition of picnic

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

play \ˈpik-(ˌ)ni-kē\ adjective

Examples of picnic in a Sentence

  1. We decided to have a picnic on the beach.

  2. We ate our picnic by the lake.

  3. The annual school picnic is this weekend.

  4. This winter is a picnic compared with last year's.

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Origin and Etymology of picnic

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


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picnic

verb

Definition of picnic

picnicked; picnicking
intransitive verb
:to go on a picnic :eat in picnic fashion

picnicker

noun

Examples of picnic in a Sentence

  1. We picnicked in the park.

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First Known Use of picnic

1815


PICNIC Defined for English Language Learners

picnic

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noun

Definition of picnic for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of picnic for English Language Learners

  • : to eat a meal outdoors especially during a trip away from home : to have a picnic


PICNIC Defined for Kids

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picnic

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noun pic·nic \ ˈpik-ˌnik \

Definition of picnic for Students

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.

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picnic

verb

Definition of picnic for Students

picnicked; picnicking
:to go on a picnic


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