a small restaurant or lunchroom where light meals are served.

Origin of luncheonette

An Americanism dating back to 1920–25; luncheon + -ette Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for luncheonette

cafeteria, diner, restaurant, cafe

Examples from the Web for luncheonette

Historical Examples of luncheonette

  • The group broke up, some of them going home to have lunch and others stopping at the luncheonette of a nearby drug store.

    Janet Hardy in Hollywood

    Ruthe S. Wheeler

  • He was sure of that, because he had copied it down when he left the luncheonette, the first time we met.

    Exile from Space

    Judith Merril

British Dictionary definitions for luncheonette



US and Canadian a café or small informal restaurant where light meals and snacks are served
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Word Origin and History for luncheonette

type of restaurant, 1906, American English, from luncheon + diminutive ending -ette.

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