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



    BrE BrE//ˈpɪknɪk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɪknɪk//
    Hobbies, Types of meal
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  1. 1an occasion when people pack a meal and take it to eat outdoors, especially in the countryside It's a nice day. Let's go for a picnic. We had a picnic beside the river. See related entries: Hobbies
  2. 2the meal, usually consisting of sandwiches, salad and fruit, etc. that you take with you when you go on a picnic Let's eat our picnic by the lake. a picnic lunch a picnic basket We took a picnic and spent the day watching the races. Will you help me make a picnic? See related entries: Types of meal
  3. Word Originmid 18th cent. (denoting a social event at which each guest contributes a share of the food): from French pique-nique, of unknown origin.Idioms (informal) to be difficult and cause a lot of problems Bringing up a family when you're unemployed is no picnic.
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