What does lunch mean?

Definitions for lunch
lʌntʃlunch

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word lunch.

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"

GCIDE

  1. Lunchnoun

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

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

Wiktionary

  1. lunchnoun

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

    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")

  2. lunchnoun

    A break in play between the first and second sessions.

    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")

  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.

    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")

  4. lunchverb

    To eat lunch.

    I like to lunch in Italian restaurants.

    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

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

  2. Lunchverb

    to take luncheon

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

Freebase

  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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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. Hello Mr.:

    I really got to know Alfred Hitchcock when we went to Stowe, Vermont, whenever we had lunch there, and we were on location 12-14 weeks, all the local women would cook us lunch for the whole crew. And each would bring out their best dishes every day. And whenever we had lunch, Alfred Hitchcock was the first one to examine the dishes … I would just follow Alfred Hitchcock and go, ‘ Oh, was that a good one, Alfred Hitchcock ? ’ And Alfred Hitchcock would go, ‘ Yes, that’s the one I ’m going to have. ’.

  2. 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.

  3. Mike Orr:

    We wanted to create the perfect treat for Reese's fans to satisfy that mid-morning sweet tooth, we know that sometimes you just don't want to wait until lunch.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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