luncheon


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lunch·eon

 (lŭn′chən)
n.
1. A lunch, especially a formal one.
2. An afternoon party at which a light meal is served.

[Probably 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).]
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luncheon

(ˈlʌntʃən)
n
a lunch, esp a formal one
[C16: probably variant of nuncheon, from Middle English noneschench, from none noon + schench drink]
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lunch•eon

(ˈlʌn tʃən)

n.
lunch, esp. a formal lunch.
[1570–80; dissimilated variant of nuncheon Middle English none(s)chench noon drink]
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luncheon

- An extension of the word lunch, based on nuncheon, "a drink taken at noon."
See also related terms for noon.
Farlex Trivia Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.luncheon - a midday mealluncheon - a midday meal        
meal, repast - the food served and eaten at one time
business lunch - lunch (usually at a restaurant) where business is discussed and the cost is charged as a business expense
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Translations

luncheon

[ˈlʌntʃən]
A. N (frm) → comida f, almuerzo m
B. CPD luncheon meat Nfiambre m en conserva
luncheon voucher N (Brit) → vale m or (LAm) tíquet m de comida
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

luncheon

[ˈlʌntʃən] ndéjeuner mluncheon meat n sorte de saucissonluncheon voucher nticket-restaurant mlunch hour nheure f du déjeuner
during the lunch hour → à l'heure du déjeuner
to do sth in one's lunch hour → faire qch à l'heure du déjeuner
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

luncheon

n (form)Lunch nt or m, → Mittagessen nt

luncheon

:
luncheon meat
luncheon voucher
nEssen(s)bon mor -marke f
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

luncheon

[ˈlʌntʃn] n (frm) → pranzo
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
References in classic literature ?
She looked about her with observant eyes; not only noticing the tent which had been set up on the grass to accommodate the expected guests, but entering it, and looking at the waiters who were engaged in placing the luncheon on the table.
It chanced that day that among the several men with whom he sat at luncheon was a young Englishman, a mining engineer.
Strickland asked me for my address, and a few days later I received an invitation to luncheon.
The ship is in a state of confusion; the ladies will eat their luncheon more comfortably here."
It was close on the luncheon hour up at the house; and he had not decided yet what to do about his letter to Anne.
To luncheon there were expected that day a Monsieur Mezentsov, a French lady, and an Englishman; for, whenever money was in hand, a banquet in Muscovite style was always given.
Tyrrel had some talk together alone when luncheon was over.
He remembered the luncheon they had eaten together when first he came to Paris and the ghoulish appetite which had disgusted him: he realised now that she ate in that manner because she was ravenous.
"You'll see him at Ozma's luncheon, for he lives here in this palace," was the reply.
The cloth was laid for luncheon in the little sitting-room, but there were no signs of Hannah Cox.
"My niece, the Countess of Camperdown, asks me to meet him to-day at luncheon. Explain yourself, my young friend.
The merriment at the luncheon table had revived Emily's good spirits.