Dine vs Luncheon - What's the difference?

dine | luncheon |

As nouns the difference between dine and luncheon

is that dine is while luncheon is a formal meal served in the middle of the day.

As a verb luncheon is

(dated) to eat luncheon.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




  • to eat; to eat dinner or supper
  • (obsolete) To give a dinner to; to furnish with the chief meal; to feed.
  • A table massive enough to have dined Johnnie Armstrong and his merry men. — Sir Walter Scott.
  • (obsolete) To dine upon; to have to eat.
  • What wol ye dine ? — Chaucer.


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    (en noun)
  • A formal meal served in the middle of the day.
  • *{{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham), title=(The China Governess)
  • , chapter=2 citation , passage=Now that she had rested and had fed from the luncheon tray Mrs. Broome had just removed, she had reverted to her normal gaiety.  She looked cool in a grey tailored cotton dress with a terracotta scarf and shoes and her hair a black silk helmet.}}
  • (lb) A lump of food.
  • (lb) A portion of food taken at any time except at a regular meal; an informal or light repast.
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  • *:At twilight in the summer there is never anybody to fear—man, woman, or cat—in the chambers and at that hour the mice come out. They do not eat parchment or foolscap or red tape, but they eat the luncheon crumbs.
  • Derived terms

    * luncheonette

    See also

    * lunch * tiffin * dejeuner


    (en verb)
  • (dated) To eat luncheon.
  • * Benjamin Disraeli
  • In the meantime, while ladies are luncheoning on chicken pie, or coursing in whirling britskas, performing all the singular ceremonies of a London morning in the heart of the season