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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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 At the potluck, people continued to eat them even after the main dishes had been brought to the table. Elaheh Nozari, Bon Appetit, "I Almost Set My Kitchen on Fire Making These Cheese Twists, But I Still Love Them," 25 June 2018 These types of room-temperature salads are just right for so many picnics, potlucks, desk lunches, even day hikes and captive dinners on the plane. Emily Horton, charlotteobserver, "Four steps to making a great grain salad, every time," 19 June 2018 Team members can expect potlucks, happy hours, free massage therapy and birthday lunches. azcentral, "Top Companies to Work for in Arizona-Medium Companies," 7 June 2018 Turn your yard into a potluck and host a block party. Kat Hnatyshyn, kansascity, "Here's to a thrifty Fourth of July," 30 June 2018 Big Gay Supper Club beckons guests out of the city to Megan Jo Collum and Jess Emrich’s property in New Milford, Conn., for homespun barbecues, potlucks and performances. Jeremy Allen, New York Times, "Building a Table for All: The Ascent of Queer Food Culture," 21 June 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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