from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A lunch, especially a formal one.
- n. An afternoon party at which a light meal is served.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A formal meal served in the middle of the day.
- v. To take luncheon.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A lump of food.
- n. 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.
- intransitive v. To take luncheon.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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)