What does lunch mean?

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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")

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. Corey Gordon:

    There are 15 million children living at or below poverty, and there are approximately 30 million students who are receiving free and reduced lunch through the federal program.

  2. Eric Adams:

    Nobody in( the state capital of) Albany, when I'm mayor, will steal my lunch money.

  3. John Minadakis:

    Business has in fact been affected by the recent events. Our online nationwide crab cake shipping orders have doubled. On-site business is up 30 percent, we have hard-working American citizens jumping on planes and flying to our family restaurant for lunch and dinner. I’ve met families from Montana, Memphis, Iowa, Florida, and everywhere in between!

  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. Lindsey Graham:

    I had a great lunch meeting with President Trump today. He is strongly committed to rebuilding our military which is music to my ears, president Trump is in deal-making mode and I hope Congress is like-minded.

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