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1. Whatever food happens to be available for a meal, especially when offered to a guest: Having arrived unannounced for supper, we had to take potluck.
2. A meal at which each guest brings food that is then shared by all. Also called potluck supper.
3. Whatever is available at a particular time: The scheduled flight was canceled and passengers had to take potluck on the other airlines.


(ˈpɒtˌlʌk, -ˈlʌk)

1. a meal that happens to be available without special preparation or purchase.
2. Also called pot′luck sup′per. a meal, esp. for a large group, to which participants bring food to be shared.
3. whatever is available or comes one's way.


- Comes from the practice of throwing leftovers in a pot—with luck determining how good the stew would taste.
See also related terms for luck.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.potluck - whatever happens to be available especially when offered to an unexpected guest or when brought by guests and shared by allpotluck - whatever happens to be available especially when offered to an unexpected guest or when brought by guests and shared by all; "having arrived unannounced we had to take potluck"; "a potluck supper"
meal, repast - the food served and eaten at one time


[ˌpɒtˈlʌk] n to take potluck (for food) → mangiare quel che passa il convento; (for other things) → tentare la sorte
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