pot·​luck | \ ˈpät-ˈlək How to pronounce potluck (audio) , sense 1b also -ˌlək \

Definition of potluck

1a : the regular meal available to a guest for whom no special preparations have been made
b : a communal meal to which people bring food to share usually used attributively a potluck supper
2 : whatever is offered or available in given circumstances or at a given time

Examples of potluck in a Sentence

He organized a neighborhood potluck for next Saturday.
Recent Examples on the Web Some species don a medley all at once, or are more potluck with their hues, like sweet gum and American hornbeam. Miri Talabac, baltimoresun.com, 30 Sep. 2021 With cooler weather on the way, fall potluck recipes are going to be popping up on your calendar, but transporting your famous chili or chicken pot pie could be a little difficult. Sanah Faroke, Better Homes & Gardens, 16 Sep. 2021 Barsetti, who was off-duty at the time, attended a potluck at the apartment that night and allegedly inappropriately grabbed an 18-year-old woman at the apartment, officials said. Andres Picon, San Francisco Chronicle, 28 Sep. 2021 In the kitchens, Windows employees from all over the world — about 450 people from more than two dozen countries — laughed over potluck meals quite different from what was served in the formal dining room. Rebecca King, USA TODAY, 8 Sep. 2021 Even today, when there's a special occasion or a potluck, many families still gather to celebrate around a communal table mounded with shellfish. Andi Berlin, The Arizona Republic, 25 Aug. 2021 For decades, the Polar Bears, a group of mostly women of diverse age and background, have kicked off their season on or around July 4, gathering on the beach for a breakfast potluck to reconnect with old friends and welcome new ones. Leslie Garrett, Good Housekeeping, 23 Aug. 2021 The transmissibility of this virus has the potential to turn any potluck dinner, any concert, any church service into a superspreader event. al, 29 July 2021 The local Vista and North County Inland chapter recently held its Installation of Officers at a potluck brunch outdoors. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 July 2021

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First Known Use of potluck

1592, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Potluck.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/potluck. Accessed 15 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of potluck

: a meal to which everyone who is invited brings food to share
: a meal for a guest that is prepared from whatever is available


pot·​luck | \ ˈpät-ˈlək How to pronounce potluck (audio) \

Kids Definition of potluck

: a meal to which people bring food to share

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