[pot-luhk, -luhk]


food or a meal that happens to be available without special preparation or purchase: to take potluck with a friend.
Also called potluck supper, potluck dinner, potluck lunch. a meal, especially for a large group, to which participants bring various foods to be shared.
whatever is available or comes one's way: With fluctuating interest rates, homebuyers are learning to take potluck with the banks.

Origin of potluck

First recorded in 1585–95; pot1 + luck
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Contemporary Examples of potluck

  • He loved that idea, and suggested a potluck dinner of sushi and strawberry smoothies and readings from our favorite books.

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    My Post-Ultra-Orthodox Wedding

    Leah Vincent

    March 21, 2014

Historical Examples of potluck

  • Him that draws most of the potluck in this world is the same that drops most in.

    The Belted Seas

    Arthur Colton

Word Origin and History for potluck

also pot-luck, 1590s, from pot (n.1) + luck; with notion of "one's luck or chance as to what may be in the pot." As an adjective from 1775.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with potluck


see take potluck.

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