• (British) IPA: /ˈlʌntʃ.ən/, /ˈlʌnʃ.ən/


  1. A formal meal served in the middle of the day.
  2. (obsolete) Any midday meal; lunch.
    • 1931, Mildred Wirt (as Carolyn Keene), The Mystery at Lilac Inn (page 4)
      "Have you had luncheon?"
  3. (obsolete) A lump of food.
  4. (obsolete) A portion of food taken at any time except at a regular meal; an informal or light repast.
    • 1892, Walter Besant, chapter II, in The Ivory Gate: A Novel, New York, N.Y.: Harper & Brothers, […], OCLC 16832619 ↗:
      At twilight in the summer there is never anybody to fear—man, woman, or cat—in the chambers and at that hour the mice come out. They do not eat parchment or foolscap or red tape, but they eat the luncheon crumbs.
Related terms Translations
  • Russian: обед

luncheon (luncheons, present participle luncheoning; past and past participle luncheoned)

  1. (intransitive, dated) To eat luncheon.
    • In the meantime, while ladies are luncheoning on chicken pie, or coursing in whirling britskas, performing all the singular ceremonies of a London morning in the heart of the season […]

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