Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A lunch, especially a formal one.
  • noun An afternoon party at which a light meal is served.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A large lump or piece, as of bread: same as lunch, Cotgrave.
  • noun A slight repast: same as lunch, 2. The form luncheon is now regarded as more “elegant” than lunch.
  • To take lunch or luncheon.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Prov. Eng. A lump of food.
  • noun obsolescnet A portion of food taken at any time except at a regular meal.
  • noun A lunch, especially one organized by a group as a formal social gathering.
  • intransitive verb To take luncheon.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A formal meal served in the middle of the day.
  • verb intransitive, dated To take luncheon.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a midday meal

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[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).]

Examples

  • ‘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.

    English Past and Present

  • 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.

    Holding the Government Accountable for its Management of Risk

  • 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 Concert Hall as an Artistic Instrument

  • The awards luncheon is on May 24 at the Sheraton featuring PBS host Maria Hinojosa.

    Afternoon Fizz: Erica Wins NARAL Award « PubliCola

  • OK, the CFW luncheon is $150 a ticket, but it's an awesome event.

    Archive 2008-09-01

  • OK, the CFW luncheon is $150 a ticket, but it's an awesome event.

    Event:: Chicago Foundation for Women Annual Luncheon

  • A second luncheon is slated for May 5 in Greenwich, Connecticut.

    March 2007

  • 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.

    A Canadian Dream

  • 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.

    Behind the scenes at exclusive Hall of Fame luncheon

  • A second luncheon is slated for May 5 in Greenwich, Connecticut.

    The Germ of an Idea

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  • This might be my absolute least favorite word.

    January 8, 2008

  • Right up there with eatery on my list. It sounds like something you'd use to smack someone.

    January 8, 2008

  • Like a truncheon, only with mustard and mayo. ;-)

    January 8, 2008

  • How do you feel about nuncheon?

    January 8, 2008

  • Strangely enough, nuncheon also sounds like something you'd use to smack someone--kind of a cross between nunchucks and a truncheon.

    January 9, 2008

  • Skipvia, are you feeling a little hostile today? ;-)

    January 9, 2008

  • This is a word only the Victorians were qualified to say.

    January 9, 2008

  • I like this word halfheartedly ONLY when used ironically and followed by meats. Luncheon meats just cracks me up. It feels like an old lady word. Like parlor.

    January 9, 2008

  • Mmmm...luncheon meats.

    January 9, 2008

  • Pork 'n' beans!

    January 9, 2008