American English

Definition of lunch noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



[uncountable, countable]
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  •  a meal eaten in the middle of the day She went to lunch. I'm ready for some lunch. What should we have for lunch? We serve hot and cold lunches. a one-hour lunch break Let's do lunch (= have lunch together). see also bag lunch, box lunch Topic CollocationsRestaurantseating out eat (lunch/dinner)/dine/meet at/in a restaurant go (out)/take somebody (out) for lunch/dinner/a meal have a meal with somebody make/have a reservation (in/under the name of Baker) reserve a table for six ask for/request a table for two/a table by the windowin the restaurant wait to be seated show somebody to their table sit in the corner/by the window/at the bar/at the counter hand somebody/give somebody the menu/wine list open/read/study/peruse the menu the restaurant has a three-course set menu/a children's menu/an extensive wine list taste/sample/try the wine the waiter takes your order order/choose/have the soup of the day/one of the specials/the house specialty serve/finish the appetizers/the first course/the main course/dessert/coffee complain about the food/the service/your meal enjoy your mealpaying pay/ask for the check/the bill pay for/treat somebody to dinner/lunch/the meal a gratuity/a service charge is (not) included give somebody/leave (somebody) a tip
  • Idioms
    out to lunch (informal)
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    behaving in a strange or confused way
    there's no such thing as a free lunch (informal)
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    used to say that it is not possible to get something for nothing
    See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: lunch