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

Example Sentences

He organized a neighborhood potluck for next Saturday.
Recent Examples on the Web Tote this frozen hash brown recipe to your next potluck and prepare for everyone to ask you for the recipe. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, 9 Jan. 2023 For individuals stressed about affording a holiday meal, Brendel recommends people practice sharing this season with a potluck-style feast, in which people can contribute different courses and help alleviate the financial burden. Dallas News, 15 Dec. 2022 That preparation includes his annual Cookie Party, a sugary potluck-style soiree set to return from a two-year pandemic hiatus. Taylore Glynn, Allure, 5 Dec. 2022 Gatherings are held potluck-style, with enough free barbecue, grilled steaks and potato salad for everyone. Los Angeles Times, 4 Dec. 2022 Whip up the perfect eggs, prepare a yummy side dish, and easily bring it to a potluck to use with friends. Claire Harmeyer, Peoplemag, 27 Nov. 2022 Some retailers are offering to sell Thanksgiving meal items at last year's cost, Lancaster says, and a good way to help ease the financial burden of hosting is to switch to a potluck-style meal. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, 17 Nov. 2022 Just learned 40 people have RSVP’d to your Friendsgiving potluck and only one person is bringing dessert? Kendra Nordin Beato, The Christian Science Monitor, 14 Nov. 2022 Try a potluck-style feast and ask guests to bring a dish. Sarah Yang, Sunset Magazine, 11 Nov. 2022 See More

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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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Cite this Entry

“Potluck.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/potluck. Accessed 9 Feb. 2023.

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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