[ luhn-chuh n ]
/ ˈlʌn tʃən /


lunch, especially a formal lunch held in connection with a meeting or other special occasion: the alumni luncheon.

Origin of luncheon

1570–80; dissimilated variant of nuncheon (now dial.), Middle English none(s)chench noon drink, equivalent to none noon + schench, Old English scenc a drink, cup, akin to Old English scencan to pour out, give drink, cognate with Dutch, German schenken

Related forms

lunch·eon·less, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for luncheon


/ (ˈlʌntʃən) /


a lunch, esp a formal one

Word Origin for luncheon

C16: probably variant of nuncheon, from Middle English noneschench, from none noon + schench drink
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