brown bag

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Etymology[edit]

From the brown paper bag traditionally used to carry one's own lunch from home.

Pronunciation[edit]

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Noun[edit]

brown bag (plural brown bags)

  1. (idiomatic) A short presentation or seminar on a given subject, especially one given at lunchtime.
    Did you attend the brown bag Tuesday on healthy exercise habits?
    • 1994 November 6, William Goss, “Interning For Pleasure And Profit”, in The New York Times[1], ISSN 0362-4331:
      So what student would choose to work in Washington for zero compensation, with benefits listed as "brown-bags," "farewell reception" and "athletic and service opportunities"?

Verb[edit]

brown bag (third-person singular simple present brown bags, present participle brown bagging, simple past and past participle brown bagged)

  1. To carry one's lunch from home, as in a bag, rather than purchase it from a cafeteria or restaurant.

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