rub·​ber-chick·​en ˈrə-bər-ˈchi-kən How to pronounce rubber-chicken (audio)
: of, relating to, or being a series of social gatherings (such as fund-raising dinners) at which speeches are given
the rubber-chicken circuit

Examples of rubber-chicken in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Awards strategists say every Oscar season seems to find such a cast, the one that seems like the fun table at the rubber-chicken dinner, and the one that draws others into its orbit. Erich Schwartzel, WSJ, 12 Mar. 2023

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Word History


from the low quality of the food stereotypically served at such events

First Known Use

1972, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rubber-chicken was in 1972

Dictionary Entries Near rubber-chicken

Cite this Entry

“Rubber-chicken.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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