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basket dinner

noun, Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S.
a group social gathering, as of church members, to which participants contribute casseroles or other dishes to share.
Origin of basket dinner
An Americanism dating back to 1890-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • One Sunday the church announced an all-day meeting and basket dinner in a grove near Peter's house.

    Around Old Bethany

    Robert Lee Berry
  • On different days we received a basket dinner, a watermelon feast and an ice cream and cake festival from them.

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