lunch

[ luhnch ]
/ lʌntʃ /

noun

a light midday meal between breakfast and dinner; luncheon.
any light meal or snack.
a restaurant or lunchroom: Let's eat at the dairy lunch.

verb (used without object)

to eat lunch: We lunched quite late today.

verb (used with object)

to provide lunch for: They lunched us in regal fashion.

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Idioms for lunch

    out to lunch, Slang. not paying attention or tending to business; negligent: You must have been out to lunch when you wrote that weird report.

Origin of lunch

First recorded in 1585–95; short for luncheon

OTHER WORDS FROM lunch

lunch·er, nounlunch·less, adjectivepre·lunch, adjective, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for lunches

lunch
/ (lʌntʃ) /

noun

a meal eaten during the middle of the day
Caribbean (among older people) mid-afternoon tea

verb

(intr) to eat lunch
(tr) to provide or buy lunch for

Derived forms of lunch

luncher, noun

Word Origin for lunch

C16: probably short form of luncheon
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Idioms and Phrases with lunches

lunch

see eat someone alive (someone's lunch); free lunch; lose one's lunch; out to (lunch).

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