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. I wasn't expecting you for dinner, so you'll have to take pot luck.

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Invite everyone to bring a dish to an impromptu potluck. Arricca Elin Sansone, Woman's Day, "9 Surprisingly Easy Ways to Save Money This Weekend," 14 Nov. 2018 The Schmitz family, who had just finished their weekly potluck family dinner, could not believe — or accept — that the Drakes were gone. Evan Bush, The Seattle Times, "‘The Property’: A family’s getaway cabin defined its dreams, until a tragic Sunday morning," 24 Sep. 2018 The dessert choices include semifreddo and ganache, but also pretzel salad, a Pennsylvania potluck staple. Michael Meyer, New York Times, "A Pittsburgh Area Restaurant That Trades Fussy for Fun," 7 July 2018 This event is potluck style and each class needs to make its own food and beverage arrangements. Laura Groch, sandiegouniontribune.com, "North County School News, June 7," 7 June 2018 This program and luncheon is open to the public and is potluck. Courant Community, "Community News For The Enfield Edition," 8 May 2018 The home meetings include a potluck supper and discussion topic. Dennis Hohenberger, Courant Community, "Sisterhood Of Salaam Shalom Brings Together Faiths," 29 May 2018 After all, there are countless warm-weather occasions that call for seasonal desserts, like outdoor picnics, bridal showers, graduation parties, neighborhood potlucks, and, of course, Mother's Day brunch. Marlisse Cepeda, Woman's Day, "This Pink Ombré Cake Is the Most Delicious Way to Celebrate Mother's Day," 14 Apr. 2016 The villagers invited us to join them for dinner, which turned out to be a raucous, improvised potluck. David Amsden, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Bespoke River Cruise Through the Golden Triangle," 19 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of potluck

1592, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of potluck

US : a meal to which everyone who is invited brings food to share
chiefly British : 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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