luncheon

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luncheon (plural luncheons)

  1. A formal meal served in the middle of the day.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 2, The China Governess[1]:
      Now that she had rested and had fed from the luncheon tray Mrs. Broome had just removed, she had reverted to her normal gaiety.  She looked cool in a grey tailored cotton dress with a terracotta scarf and shoes and her hair a black silk helmet.
  2. (obsolete)  A lump of food.
  3. (obsolete)  A portion of food taken at any time except at a regular meal; an informal or light repast.

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luncheon (third-person singular simple present luncheons, present participle luncheoning, simple past and past participle luncheoned)

  1. (intransitive, dated) To eat luncheon.
    • Benjamin Disraeli
      In the meantime, while ladies are luncheoning on chicken pie, or coursing in whirling britskas, performing all the singular ceremonies of a London morning in the heart of the season []