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 formsbrunch·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for brunch

Contemporary Examples of brunch

Historical Examples of brunch

  • 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 for brunch

C20: from br (eakfast) + (l) unch
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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]
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