lunch

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Recorded since 1580; presumably short for luncheon, apparently an alteration from nuncheon, nonechenche "light mid-day meal", itself from none "noon" (from Latin nonus) + schench "drink" (from Old English scenc, from scencan "pour out") and altered by northern English dialect lunch "hunk of bread or cheese" (1590), which probably is from Spanish lonja "a slice" (literally "loin")

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lunch (plural lunches)

  1. A light meal usually eaten around midday, notably when not as main meal of the day.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 5, The Celebrity:
      We made an odd party before the arrival of the Ten, particularly when the Celebrity dropped in for lunch or dinner.
  2. (cricket) A break in play between the first and second sessions.
  3. (Minnesota, US) 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.

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lunch (third-person singular simple present lunches, present participle lunching, simple past and past participle lunched)

  1. To eat lunch.
    I like to lunch in Italian restaurants.

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From English lunch.

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lunch m (plural lunchen or lunches, diminutive lunchje n)

  1. A lunch, meal around noon

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lunch

  1. first-person singular present indicative of lunchen
  2. imperative of lunchen

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lunch m (plural lunchs)

  1. A lunch, (usually light) meal around noon
  2. A light meal with sandwiches, cold cuts, pastry etc. served at a festive reception

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lunch c

  1. a lunch, a meal eaten about noon

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