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Topic: FOOD

Date: 1700-1800
Language: French
Origin: pique-nique

picnic

1 noun
     
picnic
pic‧nic1 [countable]
1DF if you have a picnic, you take food and eat it outdoors, especially in the country:
We decided to have a picnic down by the lake.
go on/for a picnic
We could go on a picnic today.
a picnic table
There is free parking for visitors, as well as a restaurant and picnic area (=a special area with tables where people can have a picnic).
picnic site/spot/place (=a place that is suitable or pleasant for a picnic)
We found a lovely picnic spot by the river.
picnic basket/hamper (=a container in which you can carry food for a picnic)
! Do not say 'do a picnic' or 'make a picnic'. Say have a picnic.
2DF British English the food that you take to eat outdoors on a picnic:
We'll take a picnic with us.
picnic lunch/tea/supper
We ate our picnic lunch by the river.
3

be no picnic

informal if something is no picnic, it is very difficult and needs a lot of effort or hard work:
Bringing up six children is no picnic!
WORD FOCUS: meal WORD FOCUS: meal
meals at different times of day: breakfast, brunch, lunch, tea British English, dinner, supper

a meal outside: picnic, barbecue also barbie informal, cookout American English

when you quickly eat a little food : snack, a bite to eat

a very big meal for a lot of people: banquet, feast

parts of a meal: starter British English, appetizer American English (the first course)
main course
/entree especially AmE, side dish (eaten with the main course)
dessert
also pudding sweet British English (sweet food eaten at the end of the meal)


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