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Recorded since 1580; presumably short for luncheon, but earliest found also as lunshin, lunching, equivalent to lunch + -ing, with the suffix -ing later modified to simulate a French origin. Lunch is possibly a derivative of lump (as hunch is from hump. See hunch for more), or represents an alteration of nuncheon, from Middle English nonechenche (“light mid-day meal”) (see nuncheon) and altered by northern English dialect lunch (“hunk of bread or cheese”) (1590), which perhaps is from lump or from Spanish lonja (“a slice”, literally “loin”).
- IPA(key): /lʌnt͡ʃ/, /lʌnʃ/, [lʌ̃nt͡ʃ]
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- Rhymes: -ʌntʃ
- A light meal usually eaten around midday, notably when not as main meal of the day.
- (cricket) A break in play between the first and second sessions.
- (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.
- (intransitive) To eat lunch.
- I like to lunch in Italian restaurants.
- Cole Porter
- Miss Otis regrets she's unable to lunch today.
- 1909, Frank Sidgwick, Love and battles (page 291)
- The gentleman had left for London after lunch. Yes, alone; but he had lunched in the hotel with a lady.
- (transitive) To treat to lunch.
- H. G. Wells
- We dined him, we lunched him, we were photographed in his company by flashlight.
- H. G. Wells
- A lunch, meal around noon
lunch m (plural lunchs)
- A lunch, (usually light) meal around noon
- A light meal with sandwiches, cold cuts, pastry etc. served at a festive reception
- luncher (verb)
- “lunch” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).
lunch m (plural lunches)
|Declension of lunch|