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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These were the lesbians who liked to dance and who idolized Bette Midler; the other lesbians, who hosted potlucks and listened to women’s music, lived across the river, in Cambridge and Somerville. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "Coming Out, and Rising Up, in the Fifty Years After Stonewall," 28 June 2019 Perks include after-hour and lunch-themed events, game nights, movie nights, happy hours and potlucks. Leigh Farr, azcentral, "Small Company Rankings," 13 June 2019 People are encouraged to bring a potluck item but it is not required. courant.com, "Community News For The Colchester Edition," 7 June 2019 This is that potluck salad, just made a little better, and with bacon. Jess Fleming, Twin Cities, "Ox Cart’s new format offers playful food, sweet drinks and a good time," 6 June 2019 One man in Nome died this year after contracting botulism from a potluck meal of beluga flipper. Craig Welch, National Geographic, "More people are eating marine animals—with deadly results," 22 May 2019 The company frequently hosts casual days, cookouts, potlucks, team sports and tournaments. Leigh Farr, azcentral, "Small Company Rankings," 13 June 2019 To feed everybody on such short notice, local residents throw a massive potluck dinner. Cathryn Jakobson Ramin, Discover Magazine, "These Researchers Think We Can Retrain Our Brains to Tame Chronic Pain," 30 May 2019 Fire up the grill and whip up a classic summer potluck dish (potato salad, anyone?) while tuning out your worries and tuning in to summer fun. Natalie Schumann, Country Living, "40 Classic Summer Country Songs That Never Get Old," 7 June 2019

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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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