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Related to lunch, q.v. It is unclear which came first.
luncheon (plural luncheons)
- A formal meal served in the middle of the day.
1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 2, The China Governess:
- 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.
- A formal term for lunch.
- (obsolete) A lump of food.
- (obsolete) A portion of food taken at any time except at a regular meal; an informal or light repast.
formal meal served in the middle of the day
a formal term for lunch — see lunch
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