a meal that serves as both breakfast and lunch.
verb (used without object)
to eat brunch: They brunch at 11:00 on Sunday.

1895–1900; br(eakfast) + (l)unch

bruncher, noun Unabridged
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brunch (brʌntʃ)
a meal eaten late in the morning, combining breakfast with lunch
[C20: from br(eakfast) + (l)unch]

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Word Origin & History

1896, British student slang merger of breakfast and lunch.
"To be fashionable nowadays we must 'brunch'. Truly an excellent portmanteau word, introduced, by the way, last year, by Mr. Guy Beringer, in the now defunct Hunter's Weekly, and indicating a combined breakfast and lunch." ["Punch," Aug. 1, 1896]
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Example sentences
Resembling a colorful pancake, this new nudibranch looks ready for a bizarre brunch.
Two recently opened restaurants will begin serving brunch this weekend.
The resulting sorbet will have a bubbly effect and can be served atop raw oysters for brunch.
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