[ luhn-chuh-net ]
/ ˌlʌn tʃəˈnɛt /


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

Examples from the Web for luncheonette

  • 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
  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for luncheonette

/ (ˌlʌntʃəˈnɛt) /


US and Canadian a café or small informal restaurant where light meals and snacks are served
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