luncheon

luncheon (n.) "light repast between mealtimes," 1650s (lunching; spelling luncheon by 1706); earlier "thick piece, hunk," 1570s (luncheon), of uncertain origin. Perhaps northern English dialectal lunch "hunk of bread or cheese" (1580s; probably from Sp. lonja "a slice," lit. "loin"), blended with or influenced by NUNCHEON (Cf. nuncheon) (M.E. nonechenche, mid-14c.) "light mid-day meal," from none "noon" (see NOON (Cf. noon)) + schench "drink," from O.E. scenc, from scencan "pour out."
Despite the form lunching in the 1650s source OED discounts that it possibly could be from lunch (v.), which is much later. It suggests perhaps an analogy with TRUNCHEON (Cf. truncheon), etc. Especially in reference to an early afternoon meal eaten by those who have a noontime DINNER (Cf. dinner).

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  • Luncheon — Lunch eon, v. i. To take luncheon. Beaconsfield. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Luncheon — (englisch, spr. Lontschen, Lunch frühstück), s.u. Frühstück …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Luncheon — (lontschen), engl., Frühstück …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • luncheon — ► NOUN formal ▪ lunch. ORIGIN originally in the sense «thick piece, hunk»: possibly from Spanish lonja slice …   English terms dictionary

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