luncheon (plural luncheons)
- A formal meal served in the middle of the day.
1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 2, in 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.
1892, Walter Besant, chapter II, in The Ivory Gate: A Novel, New York, N.Y.: Harper & Brothers, Franklin Square, OCLC 16832619:
- At twilight in the summer there is never anybody to fear—man, woman, or cat—in the chambers and at that hour the mice come out. They do not eat parchment or foolscap or red tape, but they eat the luncheon crumbs.
formal meal served in the middle of the day
a formal term for lunch — see lunch
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