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lunch counter

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noun
  1. a counter, as in a store or restaurant, where light meals and snacks are served or are sold to be taken out.
  2. a luncheonette.
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Origin of lunch counter

First recorded in 1865–70
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words

cafeteria, canteen, delicatessen, diner, deli

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  • They had breakfast at the lunch-counter; then they went out and looked at the Capitol.

    The Cup of Fury

    Rupert Hughes

  • People gulped hastily, as at a lunch-counter when the train is waiting.

  • At Albuquerque I got off for a trip to a lunch-counter, and happened to take a seat next to him.

  • "You better take him in a cup of hot coffee, Sinkers," suggested Andy to the lunch-counter boy.

    The Nerve of Foley

    Frank H. Spearman

  • He seemed most intent on establishing a friendly footing with a lunch-counter attendant.

    Laramie Holds the Range

    Frank H. Spearman