What does picnic mean?

Definitions for picnic
ˈpɪk nɪkpic·nic

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. field day, outing, picnicnoun

    a day devoted to an outdoor social gathering

  2. cinch, breeze, picnic, snap, duck soup, child's play, pushover, walkover, piece of cakenoun

    any undertaking that is easy to do

    "marketing this product will be no picnic"

  3. picnicverb

    any informal meal eaten outside or on an excursion

  4. picnicverb

    eat alfresco, in the open air

    "We picnicked near the lake on this gorgeous Sunday"


  1. picnicnoun

    A meal eaten outdoors or in another informal setting.

    We went out for a picnic in the forest.

  2. picnicnoun

    An easy or pleasant task.

    We remind the guests that dealing with this problem is no picnic, and to be patient.

  3. picnicverb

    To eat a picnic.

  4. Etymology: pique-nique


  1. Picnic

    A picnic is a meal taken outdoors (al fresco) as part of an excursion, especially in scenic surroundings, such as a park, lakeside, or other place affording an interesting view, or else in conjunction with a public event such as preceding an open-air theater performance, and usually in summer. It is different from other meals because it requires free time to leave home.History shows us that the idea of a meal that was jointly contributed to and enjoyed out-of-doors was essential to picnic from the early 19th century.Picnickers like to sit on the ground on a rug or blanket. Picnics can be informal with throwaway plates or formal with silver cutlery and crystal wine glasses. Tables and chairs may be used but this is less common.Outdoor games or some other form of entertainment are common at large picnics. In public parks, a picnic area generally includes picnic tables and possibly built-in grills, water faucets (taps), garbage (rubbish) containers and restrooms (toilets). Some picnics are a potluck, where each person contributes a dish for all to share. The food eaten is rarely hot, instead taking the form of deli sandwiches, finger food, fresh fruit, salad and cold meats. It can be accompanied by chilled wine, champagne or soft drinks.


  1. picnic

    A picnic is an outing or excursion that includes a packed meal, typically eaten outdoors on a blanket or at a table, where participants enjoy food and leisure activities in a scenic location such as a park, beach, or forest. It often occurs in association with family gatherings or social events.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Picnic

    formerly, an entertainment at which each person contributed some dish to a common table; now, an excursion or pleasure party in which the members partake of a collation or repast (usually in the open air, and from food carried by themselves)

  2. Picnicverb

    to go on a picnic, or pleasure excursion; to eat in public fashion

  3. Etymology: [Cf. F. piquenique. See Pick, v., and cf. Knickknack.]


  1. Picnic

    Picnic is a 1955 Cinemascope production, the film adapted for the screen by Daniel Taradash from William Inge’s 1953 Pulitzer Prize winning play. Joshua Logan, director of the original Broadway stage production, directed the film version. Picnic was nominated for six Academy Awards, winning two. The film starred William Holden and Kim Novak in leading roles. The supporting cast members were Rosalind Russell, Susan Strasberg, Cliff Robertson, Arthur O'Connell, Nick Adams, Betty Field, Verna Felton and Raymond Bailey The film dramatizes twenty-four hours in the life of a rural Kansas town set in mid-twentieth century America. It is the Labor Day holiday and an anchorless, ex-football hero drifts in looking to re-connect with his old college friend, son of a wealthy grain elevator operator. This is the story of the proverbial outsider who blows into town and subsequently manages to upturn complacency, shake convention, disrupt, rearrange lives and—reset the fates of all those with whom he comes into contact.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Picnic

    pik′nik, n. a short excursion into the country by a pleasure-party who take their own provisions with them: an entertainment in the open air, towards which each person contributes.—v.i. to go on a picnic:—pr.p. pic′nicking; pa.t. and pa.p. pic′nicked.n. Pic′nicker. [Prob. pick, to nibble, and nick, for knack, a trifle.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of picnic in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of picnic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of picnic in a Sentence

  1. Linda Shockley:

    As with many African Americans cemeteries of this time, there were no perpetual care funds in place, it was the tradition for families to picnic near the graves of their ancestors and maintain care.

  2. Alexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of Russia:

    “…Our picnic yesterday was a success. We baked not only potatoes but apples as well. They were very appetizing. The apples were especially delicious…”

  3. Tom Stoppard:

    Skill without imagination is craftsmanship and gives us many useful objects such as wickerwork picnic baskets. Imagination without skill gives us modern art.

  4. Robert Bonhomme:

    If you really want to experience Paris the local way, don't waste your money at fancy restaurants or tourist spots. Instead, buy a €15 bottle of wine, some cheese, and, a baguette and have a picnic and people watch in Buttes Chaumont (in the 19th arrondissement.)

  5. Charlie Daniels:

    I'll give you a little breakdown of Charlie Daniels Band, we played with the Rolling Stones years ago in Memphis, in the afternoon and flew down to Austin, Texas, that night and worked the Willie Nelson picnic.

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