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|Marlow Stern|December 11, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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|Eleanor Clift|November 4, 2013|DAILY BEAST
For his part, Rouhani ascribed his failure to attend the luncheon to a lack of preparation.
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|DAILY BEAST
And for some at the luncheon, these Republican tics were an issue.The RNC Celebrates MLK Jr. and How Republicans Can Win Black Voters|Jamelle Bouie|August 27, 2013|DAILY BEAST
He thus took his change out of him, and arrived at Jawleyford Court a little after luncheon time.Mr. Sponge's Sporting Tour|R. S. Surtees
The luncheon bell rang, and they all adjourned to the dining-room.The Heir of Redclyffe|Charlotte M. Yonge
It looks as if the lady-secretary's luncheon would be a tough proposition.
"You wish prepare for luncheon, honorable sirs," said the boy, his teeth and eyes shining in one flash.Under Handicap|Jackson Gregory
The first person I saw was the Duc d'Aumale, and we had quite a talk while waiting for luncheon.Letters of a Diplomat's Wife|Mary King Waddington
British Dictionary definitions for luncheon
Word Origin for luncheon
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.