- The definition of lunch is a meal eaten at midday.
An example of lunch is a sandwich at noon after meeting a friend.
- To lunch is defined as to eat a midday meal.
An example of lunch is to go out to get a nice meal with friends at 1pm.
A girl eats her school lunch.
- any light meal; esp., the regular midday meal between breakfast and dinner
- the food prepared for such a meal
Origin of lunchearlier, a piece, thick piece ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps : first appears as rendering of Spanish lonja, slice of ham, which it formerly paralleled in pronunciation
out to lunchSlang
- inattentive, distracted, etc.
- eccentric or insane
- A meal eaten at midday.
- The food provided for a midday meal.
intransitive verblunched, lunch·ing, lunch·es
Origin of lunchShort for luncheon.
(third-person singular simple present lunches, present participle lunching, simple past and past participle lunched)
Recorded since 1580; presumably short for luncheon, apparently an alteration from nuncheon, nonechenche "light mid-day meal", itself from none "noon" (from Latin nonus) + schench "drink" (from Old English scenc, from scencan "pour out") and altered by northern English dialect lunch "hunk of bread or cheese" (1590), which probably is from Spanish lonja "a slice" (literally "loin")