lunch

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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 variant of lump (as hunch is for hump, etc.), 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).

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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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Dutch[edit]

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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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From English

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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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Swedish[edit]

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From English lunch.

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lunch c

  1. a lunch, a meal eaten about noon

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