[ luhnch-peyl ]
/ ˈlʌntʃˌpeɪl /


a worker's lunchbox in the shape of a pail, originally for carrying hot food.

Origin of lunchpail

An Americanism dating back to 1890–95; lunch + pail Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for lunch-pail

  • But it was hard to be the party of Wall Street and the party of the lunch-pail at the same time.

    Why Obama Can Spend, Spend, Spend|Peter Beinart|December 24, 2008|DAILY BEAST
  • The two boys were content to sit on the railway track, and each ate out of his or her own lunch-pail.

    Derrick Sterling|Kirk Monroe
  • But just as she flung herself down beside the whip, there came a harsh call from behind her, where the lunch-pail stood.

  • Derrick took this opportunity to secure his lunch-pail and water-can, which he slung by their chains over his shoulder.

    Derrick Sterling|Kirk Monroe