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[bruhnch] /brʌntʃ/
a meal that serves as both breakfast and lunch.
verb (used without object)
to eat brunch:
They brunch at 11:00 on Sunday.
Origin of brunch
First recorded in 1895-1900; br(eakfast) + (l)unch
Related forms
bruncher, noun Unabridged
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  • He took the neck of her brunch coat in his fist and jerked downward.

    Ten From Infinity Paul W. Fairman
  • At brunch he kept his eyes open, and before too long Panek came into the dining room for his lunch.

    Man of Many Minds E. Everett Evans
  • Rick and Scotty slept late the following morning and were awakened for brunch by Dr. Miller.

    The Blue Ghost Mystery Harold Leland Goodwin
British Dictionary definitions for brunch


a meal eaten late in the morning, combining breakfast with lunch
Word Origin
C20: from br(eakfast) + (l)unch
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for brunch

1896, British student slang merger of breakfast and lunch.

To be fashionable nowadays we must 'brunch'. Truly an excellent portmanteau word, introduced, by the way, last year, by Mr. Guy Beringer, in the now defunct Hunter's Weekly, and indicating a combined breakfast and lunch. ["Punch," Aug. 1, 1896]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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