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luncheon

[luhn-chuh n] /ˈlʌn tʃən/
noun
1.
lunch, especially a formal lunch held in connection with a meeting or other special occasion:
the alumni luncheon.
Origin
1570-1580
1570-80; dissimilated variant of nuncheon (now dial.), Middle English none(s)chench noon drink, equivalent to none noon + schench, Old English scenc a drink, cup, akin to Old English scencan to pour out, give drink, cognate with Dutch, German schenken
Related forms
luncheonless, adjective
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luncheon

/ˈlʌntʃən/
noun
1.
a lunch, esp a formal one
Word Origin
C16: probably variant of nuncheon, from Middle English noneschench, from nonenoon + schench drink
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Word Origin and History for luncheonless
luncheon
1580, nonechenche "light mid-day meal," from none "noon" + schench "drink," from O.E. scenc, from scencan "pour out." Altered by northern Eng. dial. lunch "hunk of bread or cheese" (1590), which probably is from Sp. lonja "a slice," lit. "loin." When it first appeared, luncheon meant "thick piece, hunk;" sense of "light repast between mealtimes" is from 1650s, especially in reference to an early afternoon meal eaten by those who have a noontime dinner. Slang phrase out to lunch "insane, stupid, clueless" first recorded 1955, on notion of being "not there."
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