an excursion or outing in which the participants carry food with them and share a meal in the open air.
the food eaten on such an excursion.
Also called picnic ham, picnic shoulder. a section of pork shoulder, usually boned, smoked, and weighing 4–6 pounds.: Compare daisy (def. 2).
Informal. an enjoyable experience or time, easy task, etc.: Being laid up in a hospital is no picnic.
to go on or take part in a picnic.
- pic·nick·er, noun
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How to use picnic in a sentence
Nearby Israeli women sunned themselves in bikinis, smoking weed with their boyfriends, beers on their picnic mats.Palestinians Are Breaking Lockdown to Go to the Beach | Fiona Zublin | September 18, 2020 | Ozy
I was 10 or 11, rushing to the car after an interfamily camping trip in central Pennsylvania, when I found a bag of them abandoned on a picnic table.Sunflower Seeds Are the Best Snack for the Anxious Mind | Emma Alpern | September 17, 2020 | Eater
Some dispersed sites will have designated tent pads, fire rings, and picnic tables, but many will just be open spots between the trees.
The steels used in picnic knives, like those made by Opinel or Victorinox, are good examples.Three Questions to Ask Yourself Before Buying a Knife | Wes Siler | September 3, 2020 | Outside Online
Meanwhile, two foldout side tables were convenient for accommodating condiments and plates, since we didn’t have a picnic table or other surface available.5 Portable Grills for All Your Outdoor Cooking Needs | Amy Marturana Winderl | September 2, 2020 | Outside Online
Office workers have pleasant picnic lunches on the empty roads.Chinese Tourists Are Taking Hong Kong Protest Selfies | Brendon Hong | October 23, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
An 1882 travel guide calls it “a good place for oarsmen and campers to picnic,” with a hotel called the White Cross.
The team behind Indochine and Acme is also opening Tijuana picnic in the LES sometime this month.Who to See and Where to be Seen: The Hot Tips for New York Fashion Week | Barbara Ragghianti | September 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Even though there is a threadbare concession stand, overflowing picnic baskets abound.Native American Basketball Team in Wyoming Have Hoop Dreams Of Their Own | Robert Silverman | August 31, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Families were sitting picnic-style, meals of lamb and rice on large plates, scooped up with the flat bread nan.Fighting Back With Faith: Inside the Yezidis’ Iraqi Temple | Michael Luongo | August 21, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
And every time anybody came here to picnic and built a fire, they got warmed up and started moving about.The Campfire Girls of Roselawn | Margaret Penrose
A picnic, or anything nice, wouldn't seem perfect without you two.Dorothy at Skyrie | Evelyn Raymond
As a proof of friendship, when we went to the jungle on a picnic, Kari carried Sudu on his back.Kari the Elephant | Dhan Gopal Mukerji
This being done, they entered a big picnic wagon with parallel seats and set out for the scene of the crime.Scattergood Baines | Clarence Budington Kelland
picnic baskets from which the salt has been omitted may be shredded over the surface instead of parsley.
British Dictionary definitions for picnic
a trip or excursion to the country, seaside, etc, on which people bring food to be eaten in the open air
any informal meal eaten outside
(as modifier): a picnic lunch
informal, mainly Australian a troublesome situation or experience
no picnic informal a hard or disagreeable task
(intr) to eat a picnic
- picnicker, noun
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Other Idioms and Phrases with picnic
see no picnic.
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