• IPA: /lʌnt͡ʃ/, /lʌnʃ/, [lʌ̃nt͡ʃ]


  1. A light meal usually eaten around midday, notably when not as main meal of the day.
  2. (cricket) A break in play between the first and second sessions.
  3. (Minnesota, US) Any small meal, especially one eaten at a social gathering.
    After the funeral there was a lunch for those who didn't go to the cemetery.
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lunch (lunches, present participle lunching; past and past participle lunched)

  1. (intransitive) To eat lunch.
    I like to lunch in Italian restaurants.
    • 1934, Cole Porter, ''Miss Otis Regrets
      Miss Otis regrets she's unable to lunch today.
    • 1909, Frank Sidgwick, Love and battles (page 291)
      The gentleman had left for London after lunch. Yes, alone; but he had lunched in the hotel with a lady.
  2. (transitive) To treat to lunch.
    • We dined him, we lunched him, we were photographed in his company by flashlight.
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