lunch lunch [lʌntʆ] noun [countable]
1. a meal eaten in the middle of the day:

• facilities for conferences and private business lunches (= when business people go to lunch to discuss things or entertain customers )

• He has working lunches (= when you discuss business and eat ) with his team to develop their approach.

• It is important that the office is manned during the lunch hour (= the time when people eat lunch ) .

2. there's no such thing as a free lunch informal used to say that something may seem free, but that you have to pay for it in the end
3. three-martini lunch informal a lunch that is supposed to be a working lunch, but where people enjoy themselves too much to do any work

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lunch UK US /lʌnʃ/ noun [C or U]
a meal that is eaten in the middle of the day: be at/have/eat lunch »

I'm having lunch with Tomoko on Monday.

go (out) to lunch »

I'm sorry, Joanna isn't here at the moment, she's gone out to lunch.

take sb (out) for lunch »

I often take my clients out for lunch.


We must do lunch sometime.

over lunch »

I look forward to continuing our discussion over lunch.


Our company provides buffet lunches for business meetings.

there is no such thing as a free lunch — Cf. there is no such thing as a free lunch
See also BUSINESS LUNCH(Cf. ↑business lunch), POWER LUNCH(Cf. ↑power lunch)
lunch UK US /lʌnʃ/ verb [I]
to eat a meal in the middle of the day: lunch with sb »

I'm lunching with Giles.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • Lunch — (l[u^]nch), n. [Of uncertain etymol. Cf. Prov. Eng. nunc a lump.] A luncheon; specifically, a light repast between breakfast and dinner, most commonly about noontime. [1913 Webster +PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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