American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Whatever food happens to be available for a meal, especially when offered to a guest: Having arrived unannounced for supper, we had to take potluck.
- n. A meal at which each guest brings food that is then shared by all. Also called potluck supper.
- n. Whatever is available at a particular time: The scheduled flight was canceled and passengers had to take potluck on the other airlines.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. What may chance to be in the pot, in provision for a meal; hence, a meal at which no special preparation has been made for guests.
- n. dated A meal, especially one offered to a guest, consisting of whatever is available.
- n. Whatever is available in a particular situation.
- n. proscribed A meal consisting of whatever guests have brought, particularly from different parts of the world; a potlatch.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Whatever may chance to be in the pot, or may be provided for a meal.
- n. whatever happens to be available especially when offered to an unexpected guest or when brought by guests and shared by all
- Spelled pot-luck before the 20th century, from pot + luck. The sense “meal offered by a host to an unexpected guest” dates to 1592; into the early 20th century, the word was used only to mean “meal provided by the host”. (Wiktionary)
“Later on inauguration day, Nixon was hosting what he described as a potluck dinner for the public.”
“And then there were the endless church suppers where you could always find a big bowl of it in potluck purgatory alongside the green jiggling Jell-O and fruit salad made with tiny marshmallows.”
“When I moved to Rhode Island, I landed smack dab in potluck country, where the pressure to come up with new things to bring to dinner can be intense.”
“One of our favorite appetizers for a potluck is just a brick of cream cheese spread with berry jam and Chipotle sauce poured over it, serve with crackers.”
“Riley and Griego got cooking nearly three years ago when they became mid-term potluck roommates in Jayhawker Towers.”
“I can't wait to see y'all again -- the potluck was a blast.”
“On December 12, we in Michoacan will celebrate International Migrant's Day with a potluck, which is supposed to represent the country from which each participant hails.”
“A potluck is a meal made up of dishes that have been cryogenically entombed in the freezers of church members for decades.”
“Pairing wine with a potluck is a real challenge - you can't make an informed wine decision when you don't know what your guests are bringing and haven't tasted the dishes.”
“Coming up soon is a community potluck, which is open to the public.”
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