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

Nearby words

  1. luncheon meat,
  2. luncheon voucher,
  3. luncheonette,
  4. lunchhook,
  5. lunchmeat,
  6. lunchroom,
  7. lunchtime,
  8. lunchwagon,
  9. lunchy,
  10. lund

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