pot·​luck | \ ˈpät-ˈlək, 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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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 Admission is free, but attendees are asked to bring a dish for 10 to share at the potluck buffet lunch. Carol Kovach, cleveland.com, "The Hooley on Kamm's Corners returns May 12: A Place in the Sun," 8 May 2018 And if anyone had known that Jordan’s friend Sally would go home from school that day with diarrhea, Sally’s parents wouldn’t have volunteered to bring a dish for the neighborhood potluck. Verge Staff, The Verge, "Seven scary stories to tell by the light of your screen," 31 Oct. 2018 Attendees enjoy coffee, cookies and fellowship at 9:30 a.m. Members and visitors are encouraged to bring a dish for a potluck lunch after the meeting. Houston Chronicle, "Calendar: What's Pi Day?," 11 Mar. 2018 The company holds several employee functions each year, including picnics, sporting events, movies and concerts in downtown Tucson, costume contests, decorating contests, a Thanksgiving potluck, and an awesome holiday party. azcentral, "Top Companies to Work for in Arizona-Medium Companies," 7 June 2018 Grandmothers to gather this afternoon The Grandmothers Club will hold a meeting and potluck luncheon at noon today at Carefree Ranch Mobile Home Park, 211 N. Citrus Ave. Linda Mcintosh, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Kids gardening class focuses on Bugs ... community events," 4 May 2018

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First Known Use of potluck

1592, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of potluck was in 1592

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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 \

Kids Definition of potluck

: a meal to which people bring food to share

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