potluck

noun

pot·​luck ˈpät-ˈlək How to pronounce potluck (audio)
 sense 1b also  -ˌlək
1
a
: 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 The neighbors gather for pumpkin carving each Halloween, pancake breakfasts, Fourth of July potlucks and neighborhood cleanups. Hannah Fry, Los Angeles Times, 17 June 2024 But a steak is nothing without some delicious sides to complement it, as any Southerner who's ever been to a potluck knows. Mary Shannon Wells, Southern Living, 14 June 2024 Also potluck lunch, socializing, fossil hunting and camping. Joe Rassel, Orlando Sentinel, 12 June 2024 The dishes at a community center potluck for Indian expatriates near Washington, D.C., ranged from chana masala, a popular northern Indian chickpea curry, to idli, a southern Indian rice cake. John Yoon, New York Times, 30 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for potluck 

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Word History

First Known Use

1592, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of potluck was in 1592

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“Potluck.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/potluck. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

potluck

noun
pot·​luck ˈpät-ˈlək How to pronounce potluck (audio)
1
a
: a regular meal for which no special preparations have been made
b
: a meal to which people bring food to share
2
: whatever is offered or available in given circumstances or at a given time

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