lunch, especially a formal lunch held in connection with a meeting or other special occasion: the alumni luncheon.

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

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luncheon (ˈlʌntʃən)
a lunch, esp a formal one
[C16: probably variant of nuncheon, from Middle English noneschench, from nonenoon + schench drink]

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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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