lunch counter


a counter, as in a store or restaurant, where light meals and snacks are served or are sold to be taken out.
a luncheonette.

Origin of lunch counter

First recorded in 1865–70 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for lunch counter

cafeteria, canteen, delicatessen, diner, deli

Examples from the Web for lunch counter

Contemporary Examples of lunch counter

Historical Examples of lunch counter

  • 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