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 attributivelya 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 This season seems manageable and safe if everyone just follows the rules, and doesn’t schedule a potluck for Week 1 of the season. Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al, "A college football season like no other is here," 2 Sep. 2020 Using individual pre-packaged boxes or bags instead of a potluck, buffet, or family-style meal if food is offered at a reception. Featherstitch, "Funeral religious customs are adapting to COVID-19," 28 Aug. 2020 The routine ways that rural Americans connect — a bingo night, stopping in at a local diner or attending a potluck — are suddenly taboo. Gillian Flaccus, The Denver Post, "Rural America watches coronavirus pandemic erupt in cities as fear grows," 25 Mar. 2020 Instead of indoor potluck dinners, residents are starting to hold Friday picnics, where everyone brings their own food. oregonlive, "Communal living in Portland during the coronavirus pandemic: Yes, it’s safe and it’s working," 8 July 2020 But by nixing the potluck aspect to picnics – in keeping with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines – some pressure can be lifted. Jennifer G. Wolcott, The Christian Science Monitor, "In a pandemic summer, picnicking ‘nurtures the soul’," 1 July 2020 Demonstrators are slated to gather in Peninsula Park at 3 p.m. for the potluck. oregonlive, "Portland protests to continue for 34th straight day Tuesday," 30 June 2020 Juneteenth Cookout Takeover: Dozens of Black food bloggers gathered online in a virtual potluck, sharing recipes to help celebrate the holiday. Michelle Santiago Cortés, refinery29.com, "Virtual Events To Help You Take Part In Juneteenth Festivities," 19 June 2020 There was usually about 60 people, and is was all potluck-style. Sid Evans, Southern Living, "Scott Avett of The Avett Brothers on Growing Up in a Small Town and Carolina Barbecue," 23 June 2020

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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 27 Oct. 2020.

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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) \

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: a meal to which people bring food to share

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