verb (used without object)
  1. 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. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for brunching


  1. 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 brunching


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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