Origin of luncheonearlier lunchion, lunshin from lunch, probably after dialect, dialectal nuncheon, a snack, lunch from Middle English nonachenche, literally , noon drink
Two women enjoy a business luncheon.
When a charity holds a special meal in the middle of the day to raise money and honor guests, this is an example of a luncheon.
- A lunch, especially a formal one.
- An afternoon party at which a light meal is served.
Origin of luncheonProbably alteration ( influenced by dialectal lunch hunk of cheese or bread ) of obsolete nuncheon light snack from Middle English nonshench none noon ; see noon . schench drink ( from Old English scenc ) ( from scencan to pour out )
(third-person singular simple present luncheons, present participle luncheoning, simple past and past participle luncheoned)
- (intransitive, dated) To eat luncheon.
- We had hurried through the dish-washing after luncheon, in order that we might have as long an afternoon as possible for the story.
- To-day I took luncheon with the Freshman Class of Radcliffe.
- On the 13th of February 1902 he was presented with an address in a gold casket by the city corporation, and entertained at luncheon at the Mansion House, an honour not unconnected with the strong feeling recently aroused by his firm reply (at Birmingham, January II) to some remarks made by Count von Billow, the German chancellor, in the Reichstag (January 8), reflecting the offensive allegations current in Germany against the conduct of the army in South Africa.
- Much dyspepsia would be avoided by attention to the condition of the teeth, by artificial teeth when the natural ones are defective, and by obedience to one or two simple rules: (z) to eat slowly; (2) to masticate thoroughly; (3) to take no liquid with meals excepting breakfast, but sip half a pint of hot water on rising in the morning, on going to bed at night, and again about an hour before luncheon and dinner.
- Then she happened to remember that in a corner of her suit-case were one or two crackers that were left over from her luncheon on the train, and she went to the buggy and brought them.