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.
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Origin of luncheon
- Probably alteration (influenced by dialectal lunch hunk of cheese or bread) of obsolete nuncheon light snack from Middle English nonshench none noon noon schench drink (from Old English scenc) (from scencan to pour out)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition