[ luhnch ]
See synonyms for: lunchlunchedlunching on

  1. a light midday meal between breakfast and dinner; luncheon.

  2. any light meal or snack.

  1. a restaurant or lunchroom: Let's eat at the dairy lunch.

verb (used without object)
  1. to eat lunch: We lunched quite late today.

verb (used with object)
  1. to provide lunch for: They lunched us in regal fashion.

Idioms about lunch

  1. out to lunch, Slang. not paying attention or tending to business; negligent: You must have been out to lunch when you wrote that weird report.

Origin of lunch

First recorded in 1585–95; short for luncheon

Other words from lunch

  • luncher, noun
  • lunchless, adjective
  • pre·lunch, adjective, noun

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How to use lunch in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for lunch


/ (lʌntʃ) /

  1. a meal eaten during the middle of the day

  2. Caribbean (among older people) mid-afternoon tea

  1. (intr) to eat lunch

  2. (tr) to provide or buy lunch for

Origin of lunch

C16: probably short form of luncheon

Derived forms of lunch

  • luncher, noun

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Other Idioms and Phrases with lunch


see eat someone alive (someone's lunch); free lunch; lose one's lunch; out to (lunch).

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