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")

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.


  1. lunch

    Lunch is a meal that is typically eaten in the middle of the day, usually sometime between the morning and evening meals. It can vary greatly in size and content based on cultural norms and personal preference, and can include a wide range of foods such as sandwiches, salads, soups, or hot dishes. It serves to provide energy and nutrients for the afternoon's activities.

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. Mark Rantal:

    The whole thing was totally an accident. On Monday I decided to get Chipotle and on Tuesday I made the same decision, then got lunch with my friend there on Wednesday, we laughed about it at lunch and he asked how long I thought I could go. And that began the thought.

  2. Francis William Bourdillon:

    Whenever you want to marry someone, go have lunch with his ex-wife.

  3. Jaime Matheson:

    The student in question did receive a lunch. Students who come up to the lunch line without money receive a lunch of an entrée or sandwich plus side dishes or fresh fruit and milk. An employee of the company would not be let go because they provide this lunch to a student, we can't get into specifics because personnel decisions are confidential to honor privacy, however employees receive and sign their acknowledgment to company policies. When these aren't followed, corrective action is put in place, up to and including termination. We're all proud of our ability to provide meals to those in need.

  4. Rick Reilly:

    Golf is the cruelest game, because eventually it will drag you out in front of the whole school, take your lunch money and slap you around.

  5. John Capozzi:

    A free lunch is only found in mousetraps.

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