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.

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. Michel Rodriguez:

    It was crazy, for you to start working 7 in the morning though 7 p.m. for 12 hours straight with no lunch break in a very, very cold winter.

  2. Matt Longo:

    It wasn't something I could do over lunch at work, or even in an afternoon.

  3. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie:

    The fact is Russia's been stealing our lunch money the entire time from the Obama administration.

  4. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie:

    The first lady has no business being involved in this, she wants to give her opinions? That's fine. She can give her opinions about what people should have for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. She's like any other American. She can give her opinions.

  5. Christopher Walken:

    I'll tell you how that happened. When I was a dancer, Monique Van Vooren had a nightclub act and she uses three guys as backup. She'd sing French and we would dance and provide vocals. She would introduce us at the end of the show and one night she said to me, 'You know, I don't really like ‘Ronnie.' I think you are more ‘Christopher.' Do you mind if I call you Christopher?" I said, "Call me anything you like, just don't call me late for lunch.

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