potluck

noun
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.

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People will be clamoring for an invite to your next party — or popping you to the top of their invite list for a potluck. Kari Sonde, Washington Post, "8 spicy snack recipes to heat up your next party," 15 Aug. 2019 August kicked off with a string of community events: A potluck in Keene, trivia in Manchester, a pie tasting in Wolfeboro. Nicole Sganga, CBS News, "In New Hampshire, 2020 Democrats battle for every voter they can find," 9 Aug. 2019 Or something simple to take to a potluck, cookout or another social occasion? Robin Mather, chicagotribune.com, "How to use summer’s bounty in quick breads that go sweet or savory," 16 July 2019 This event is a potluck and each class needs to make its own food and beverage arrangements. Laura Groch, sandiegouniontribune.com, "North County Community News, June 10," 10 June 2018 Sherman whipped up a batch and brought it with her to the potluck. Melissa Locker, Southern Living, "The Best Squash Casserole Story You’ll Hear All Day," 14 Aug. 2017 In my family, cabbage rolls have been a potluck standard my whole life. Washington Post, "Fragrant ginger and sesame chicken packets are a new way to roll with cabbage," 20 Aug. 2019 About 30 members of the Garden Club of North Ridgeville gathered for a potluck picnic dinner at South Central Park on August 13 to present awards for the club’s annual Curb Appeal Recognition Event (CARE). Linda Gandee/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "The Garden Club of North Ridgeville winners receive awards from mayor," 17 Aug. 2019 Meeting and potluck at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church, Carlsbad. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Women’s group honors members," 29 July 2019

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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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potluck

noun

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

potluck

noun
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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