Definition of luncheon noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈlʌntʃən//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈlʌntʃən//
[countable, uncountable]
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a formal lunch or a formal word for lunch a charity luncheon Luncheon will be served at one, Madam. They met at a literary luncheon. Word Originlate 16th cent. (in the sense ‘thick piece, hunk’): possibly an extension of obsolete lunch ‘thick piece, hunk’, from Spanish lonja ‘slice’.
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