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.

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  

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  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. Mildred Madison:

    I think this is the most important vote that we've ever had, we must vote. I agree with Michelle Obama when Michelle Obama said go early, stand in line if you have to, take your lunch, your breakfast or lunch or whatever, do that. But make sure that you vote.

  2. Kris Epps-Martinez:

    I got a coloring book for nurses and I got a lunch box because I travel a lot for work.

  3. Steve Hilton:

    I did, I literally did! anyone who comes for Sunday lunch, this is what they get.

  4. Lupita Nyong ` o:

    Real beauty is quiet. Especially in this town, it's just so hard not to say, 'Oh, I need to look like that,' no, be a good person; be a good mom; do a good job with the lunch; let someone cut in front of you who looks like they're in a bigger hurry. The people I find most beautiful are the ones who aren't trying.

  5. Cory BookerBooker:

    The story will one day be told : at a lunch, a number of the great leaders, great women on our campaign, thought up this incredible idea to just open up the curtain and show people behind the scenes of what we needed to thrive and survive.

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