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noun as in midday meal

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Yu acknowledged that there is a risk of a “backlog” in the kitchen if everyone wants their lunch at the same time, but he said KitchenMate tries to alleviate this issue by allowing people to pre-order their meals in the app.

The Rotisserie League was named after the restaurant where the founders often ate lunch.

Incarcerated military veterans enter the dining hall for lunch at the Cybulski Rehabilitation Center in Enfield, Connecticut.

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It’s kind of folklore and the sort of thing you learn over a lunch table discussion around the common room.

A 63-year-old woman and her family walked into a crowded restaurant for lunch, after returning from Wuhan the day before.

According to the USDA, student participation began to fall, with 1.4 million students opting out of the lunch program entirely.

Two Indonesian airlines, Garuda and Lion Air, have seen Fernandes eat their lunch and are only now responding.

Twenty-one-and-a-half million students participate in free or reduced-price school lunch programs.

On one summer lunch hour, Donna Ann Levonuk, 50, lifted a tub of diaper cream priced at $43.98—and then stashed it in her purse.

I'm to be at his Universal bungalow at twelve-thirty for lunch, to meet him for the first time, going to see a man about a job.

HE ordered a lunch which he thought the girl would like, with wine to revive the faculties that he knew must be failing.

I often recall the farewell lunch we had together at the Restaurant de Paris, in the Escolta.

He paid for the lunch, and tipped the waiters so liberally that they all hoped he would come again often.

I'd much rather see what is going on than be cooped up below, and after lunch I told Bob I was going up on deck.

At lunch he was the greatest possible fun, bubbling over with jokes and witty sallies.


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What is another word for lunch?

The word lunch originally comes from a shortening of luncheon, which was once used to mean the same thing but now more specifically refers to a formal lunch held in connection with a meeting or other special occasion.

Lunch is the midday meal, commonly eaten around noon (though later in some places). The time at which you eat lunch is called lunchtime. A late lunch is one eaten later than usual. Lunch isn’t always defined by the time it’s eaten, though. In some places, a midday meal is called dinner when it’s the main meal of the day.

A light lunch is one that’s not too heavy or filling. A hot lunch is one that consists of hot foods, as opposed to cold food, like cold sandwiches.

A packaged lunch provided at an event is often called a box lunch (or a boxed lunch). A lunch that you pack for yourself is often called a brown-bag lunch. The term bag lunch (or bagged lunch) can refer to one that’s provided or one that you packed yourself.

The period allotted to eat lunch during a workday is called a lunch break or the lunch hour. In school, this is often called the lunch period. A business meeting conducted over lunch can be called a business lunch, a lunch meeting, or a power lunch.

According to popular wisdom, there is no such thing as a free lunch.

To do lunch means to meet someone for lunch. This is often called a lunch date.

Brunch is a meal that’s like a combination of breakfast and lunch, typically eaten between breakfast time and lunchtime. A midmorning break for a snack—eaten after breakfast but before lunch—can be called elevenses (in reference to being eaten around 11 a.m.). In the U.K., the term high tea refers to a late afternoon or early evening meal similar to a light supper.

Lunch can also be a verb, though this is quite formal and is much less commonly used. To lunch means to eat lunch, or to eat something specific for lunch, as in We lunched on sandwiches. More specifically, it can mean to engage in lunch as an activity, as in First we’ll visit the museum, then we’ll lunch, then we’ll see a show.

On this page you'll find 12 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to lunch, such as: luncheon, high tea, snack, and tea.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.