What does LUNCH mean?

Definitions for LUNCH

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. lunch, luncheon, tiffin, dejeunerverb

    a midday meal

  2. lunchverb

    take the midday meal

    "At what time are you lunching?"

  3. lunchverb

    provide a midday meal for

    "She lunched us well"


  1. Lunchnoun

    A luncheon; specifically, a light repast between breakfast and dinner, most commonly about noontime.


  1. lunchnoun

    A light meal usually eaten around midday, notably when not as main meal of the day.

  2. lunchnoun

    A break in play between the first and second sessions.

  3. lunchnoun

    Any small meal, especially one eaten at a social gathering.

    After the funeral there was a lunch for those who didn't go to the cemetery.

  4. lunchverb

    To eat lunch.

    I like to lunch in Italian restaurants.

  5. Etymology: Recorded since 1580; presumably short for luncheon, apparently an alteration from nuncheon, nonechenche "light mid-day meal", itself from none "noon" (from nonus) + schench "drink" (from scenc, from scencan "pour out") and altered by northern English dialect lunch "hunk of bread or cheese" (1590), which probably is from lonja "a slice" (literally "loin")

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Lunch, Luncheonnoun

    As much food as one’s hand can hold.

    Etymology: Minshaw derives it from louja, Spanish; Stephen Skinner from kleinken, a small piece, Teutonick. It probably comes from clutch or clunch.

    When hungry thou stood’st staring, like an oaf,
    I slic’d the luncheon from the barley loaf;
    With crumbled bread I thicken’d well the mess. John Gay.


  1. Lunch

    Lunch is a meal eaten around the middle of the day. It is commonly the second meal of the day, after breakfast, and varies in size by culture and region.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lunchnoun

    a luncheon; specifically, a light repast between breakfast and dinner

  2. Lunchverb

    to take luncheon

  3. Etymology: [Of uncertain etymol. Cf. Prov. Eng. nunc a lump.]


  1. Lunch

    Lunch, an abbreviation of luncheon, is a midday meal, and is generally smaller than dinner, which is the main meal of the day whenever dinner is eaten. The origin of the words lunch and luncheon relate to a small meal originally eaten at any time of the day or night, but during the 20th century gradually focused toward a small meal eaten at midday.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Lunch

    lunsh, n. a slight repast between breakfast and dinner—also Lunch′eon.—v.i. to take lunch.—n. Lunch′eon-bar, a counter at a restaurant where luncheons are served. [Lunch, a contr. of luncheon, itself extended from lunch, a lump.]

Editors Contribution

  1. lunch

    A moderate amount of food.

    It is important to eat lunch during the day.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 28, 2020  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. LUNCH

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Lunch is ranked #146201 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Lunch surname appeared 113 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Lunch.

    69.9% or 79 total occurrences were White.
    23.8% or 27 total occurrences were Black.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'LUNCH' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2129

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'LUNCH' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1058

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'LUNCH' in Nouns Frequency: #808

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of LUNCH in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of LUNCH in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of LUNCH in a Sentence

  1. Ramzi Azzawi:

    I always say I pray to Allah, and I shout this loudly to the camp. god willing, your lunch is here, but you will have dinner at home in Ramadi.

  2. Josh Campbell:

    Portland is not a city under siege. Today, I went to a Starbucks downtown, ate lunch at one of the city's famous downtown food trucks, and bought a new pair of shoes at the mall. As I write this, I'm looking out of my hotel room at a bike tour riding by outside on the downtown street, to be sure, there have been protests -- peaceful during the daytime, and some turning violent at night -- for over 90 days, but the rioting has largely been confined to one city block downtown near the federal courthouse. Last night, protesters showed up at a police precinct a few miles from downtown and were dispersed by police after some protesters started throwing eggs and rocks at police cars. There has been periodic, localized violence, but nothing widespread.

  3. Steve Harvey:

    I could not find a way to walk from the stage to my dressing room, to sit in my makeup chair, to walk from my dressing room to the stage or to just sit and have lunch without somebody just walking in, i've always had a policy where, you know, you can come and talk to me -- so many people are great around here, but some of them just started taking advantage of it.

  4. Crystal FitzSimons:

    One of the easiest things you can do to make sure that kids have what they need and that they're going to be in class, able to focus and learn and concentrate, is making sure that they have access to a school breakfast and school lunch.

  5. Selma Blair:

    I had lunch with Cameron the other day, we were reminiscing about the film, i would have liked to do a sequel but Cameron’s retired from acting, she’s like, ‘I’m done.’ I mean, she doesn’t need to make any more films, she has a pretty great life, I don’t know what it would take to bring her back. She’s happy.

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