- lunch, especially a formal lunch held in connection with a meeting or other special occasion: the alumni luncheon.
Origin of luncheon
Examples from the Web for luncheon
“Kristen Wiig did that,” said Jonze at a New York luncheon thrown for the film by Peggy Siegal.The Mysteries of ‘Her’: Kristen Wiig’s Phone Sex Scene, Scarlett Johansson, and More
December 11, 2013
The president was in Dallas to deliver a luncheon speech, and would only be on the ground for a couple hours.Would It Have Saved JFK? Jim Lehrer on the Mystery of the Bubble Top
November 4, 2013
For his part, Rouhani ascribed his failure to attend the luncheon to a lack of preparation.Rouhani at the U.N.—Disappointment or Success?
September 25, 2013
Tim Gunn and jurors Isabel Toledo and Ruben Toledo will also attend the luncheon.Michelle Obama to Host National Design Award Winners; Is This the End of Prada Marfa?
The Fashion Beast Team
September 19, 2013
And for some at the luncheon, these Republican tics were an issue.The RNC Celebrates MLK Jr. and How Republicans Can Win Black Voters
August 27, 2013
As I told you, I am going over to the office after luncheon.
The girls will see it this morning and again when they come in to luncheon.
Then there is the sandwich, which always finds a place in the luncheon.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 3
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
I say my companion and I "talked" of these several sights and incidents as I ate my luncheon.
"Her luncheon," some of the art-students said; but if it did, no one had ever seen her eat it.
- a lunch, esp a formal one
Word Origin and History for luncheon
"light repast between mealtimes," 1650s (lunching; spelling luncheon by 1706); earlier "thick piece, hunk," 1570s (luncheon), of uncertain origin. Perhaps northern English dialectal lunch "hunk of bread or cheese" (1580s; probably from Spanish lonja "a slice," literally "loin"), blended with or influenced by nuncheon (Middle English nonechenche, mid-14c.) "light mid-day meal," from none "noon" (see noon) + schench "drink," from Old English scenc, from scencan "pour out."
Despite the form lunching in the 1650s source OED discounts that it possibly could be from lunch (v.), which is much later. It suggests perhaps an analogy with truncheon, etc. Especially in reference to an early afternoon meal eaten by those who have a noontime dinner.