lunch

[ luhnch ]
/ lʌntʃ /

noun

a light midday meal between breakfast and dinner; luncheon.
any light meal or snack.
a restaurant or lunchroom: Let's eat at the dairy lunch.

verb (used without object)

to eat lunch: We lunched quite late today.

verb (used with object)

to provide lunch for: They lunched us in regal fashion.

Nearby words

  1. lunatic,
  2. lunatic asylum,
  3. lunatic fringe,
  4. lunatical,
  5. lunation,
  6. lunch counter,
  7. lunch hour,
  8. lunch meat,
  9. lunchbox,
  10. lunchbucket

Idioms

    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

Related formslunch·er, nounlunch·less, adjectivepre·lunch, adjective, noun

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for lunch


British Dictionary definitions for lunch

lunch

/ (lʌntʃ) /

noun

a meal eaten during the middle of the day
Caribbean (among older people) mid-afternoon tea

verb

(intr) to eat lunch
(tr) to provide or buy lunch for
Derived Formsluncher, noun

Word Origin for lunch

C16: probably short form of luncheon

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for lunch

lunch

n.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with lunch

lunch

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

The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.