American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A lunch, especially a formal one.
- n. An afternoon party at which a light meal is served.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A large lump or piece, as of bread: same as lunch, Cotgrave.
- n. A slight repast: same as lunch, 2. The form luncheon is now regarded as more “elegant” than lunch.
- To take lunch or luncheon.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Prov. Eng. A lump of food.
- n. obsolescnet A portion of food taken at any time except at a regular meal.
- n. A lunch, especially one organized by a group as a formal social gathering.
- v. To take luncheon.
- n. a midday meal
- Probably alteration (influenced by dialectal lunch, hunk of cheese or bread) of obsolete nuncheon, light snack, from Middle English nonshench : none, noon; see noon + schench, drink (from Old English scenc, from scencan, to pour out). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“‘lunch’ or ‘luncheon’ has now arrived, as when we read in the newspapers of a “magnificent _luncheon_”, is altogether modern; the word belonged a century ago to rustic life, and in literature had not travelled beyond the “hobnailed pastorals” which professed to describe that life.”
“On the way in this morning, I couldn't help thinking of how this luncheon is a sign of the times and will probably cause one or two of this club's founding fathers to roll in their graves.”
“Ladies and gentlemen, this luncheon is the Empire Club's salute to the men and women of Toronto who have committed themselves to bringing a new concert hall to this city.”
“The awards luncheon is on May 24 at the Sheraton featuring PBS host Maria Hinojosa.”
“OK, the CFW luncheon is $150 a ticket, but it's an awesome event.”
“A second luncheon is slated for May 5 in Greenwich, Connecticut.”
“A Canada Day luncheon is the perfect time for this because while most people think of New Year's as the time for resolutions and new starts, for me, Canada Day is that time, for my dreams are shot through with Canada.”
“Aside from a few exceptions, including commissioner Roger Goodell, Hall of Fame executives, trustees and selection committee members, the luncheon is open only to Hall of Famers.”
““Then you change your dress, my lord, for dinner, if we call our luncheon by that name?” said Mowbray.”
“Their luncheon is light-a dish of sardines, a pomegranate, and a loaf of bread-but it is more than enough.”
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