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 For the millions around the world celebrating Ramadan, there will be, as Wajahat Ali wrote in an Opinion piece, some amount of improvisation in figuring out how to break fasts — perhaps socially distanced potluck iftars with food left on doorsteps. Jill Cowan, New York Times, "Reopening California," 29 Apr. 2020 So the July 4 parades fade, the potluck suppers disappear and the home town baseball team closes shop. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Doc's Morning Line: Once the charm of minor league baseball is gone, it's not coming back.," 19 Nov. 2019 What started as a potluck barbecue in Grant Park for less than 200 students continued to grow year-over-year as word got out. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, "Bun B & Too $hort Remember the Heyday of Atlanta's Freaknik Street Parties for New Podcast," 25 June 2019 No potluck party is complete without a cheesy dip, and this one does not disappoint. Natalie Rizzo, NBC News, "10 easy, one-dish meals that are perfect for a potluck," 7 Dec. 2018 Bring a project to work on or finish, plus a potluck dish to share. Sam Boyer, cleveland, "Morning skies make it worth getting up a little early: Whit & Whimsey," 25 Oct. 2019 Readers, go the extra mile with your potluck dishes. Heloise, Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Potluck parity?," 19 Sep. 2019 Shortly after, Wuhan went ahead with a massive annual potluck banquet for 40,000 families from a city precinct, which critics later cited as evidence that local leaders took the virus far too lightly. Chris Buckley, New York Times, "As New Coronavirus Spread, China’s Old Habits Delayed Fight," 10 Mar. 2020 Later, the community took over the commons area of the high school with a potluck of Alaska Native foods, including seal, moose and goose soups, herring roe served with seal oil and baked salmon. Time, "Alaska Native Elder, 90, Is First American Counted in 2020 Census," 22 Jan. 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 30 May. 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


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: a meal to which people bring food to share

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