noun Etymology: perhaps alteration of nuncheon light snack, alteration of Middle English nonshench midday refreshment, from non noon + schench drink Date: circa 1652 lunch; especially a formal usually midday meal as part of a meeting or for entertaining a guest

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  • Luncheon — Luncheon, commonly abbreviated to lunch, is a midday meal. [ searchmode=none Online Etymology Dictionary] ] In English speaking countries during the eighteenth century what was originally called… …   Wikipedia

  • luncheon — (n.) light repast between mealtimes, 1650s (lunching; spelling luncheon by 1706); earlier thick piece, hunk, 1570s (luncheon), of uncertain origin. Perhaps northern English dialectal lunch hunk of bread or cheese (1580s; probably from Sp. lonja a …   Etymology dictionary

  • Luncheon — Lunch eon, n. [Prov. E. luncheon, lunchion, lunshin, a large lump of food, fr. lunch. See {Lunch}.] [1913 Webster] 1. A lump of food. [Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster] 2. A portion of food taken at any time except at a regular meal. [obsolescnet] [1913 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Luncheon — Lunch eon, v. i. To take luncheon. Beaconsfield. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Luncheon — (englisch, spr. Lontschen, Lunch frühstück), s.u. Frühstück …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Luncheon — (lontschen), engl., Frühstück …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • luncheon — ► NOUN formal ▪ lunch. ORIGIN originally in the sense «thick piece, hunk»: possibly from Spanish lonja slice …   English terms dictionary

  • luncheon — [lun′chən] n. [earlier lunchion, lunshin < LUNCH, prob. after dial. nuncheon, a snack, lunch < ME nonachenche, lit., noon drink] a lunch; esp., a formal lunch with others …   English World dictionary

  • luncheon — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ buffet ▪ annual ▪ awards ▪ anniversary, business, literary (all esp. BrE) ▪ …   Collocations dictionary

  • luncheon — [[t]lʌ̱ntʃən[/t]] luncheons 1) N COUNT A luncheon is a formal lunch, for example to celebrate an important event or to raise money for charity. Earlier this month, a luncheon for former UN staff was held in Vienna. 2) N VAR Luncheon is the meal… …   English dictionary

  • luncheon — lunch, luncheon Lunch is now the standard word for a midday meal, and luncheon seems affectedly formal (and the commercial term luncheon voucher is fast disappearing) …   Modern English usage

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