1DFa meal eaten in the middle of the dayCOLLOCATIONS COLLOCATIONS eat (your) lunch have (your) lunch (=eat lunch) have something for lunch (=eat a particular food or dish at lunchtime) go out for lunch break for lunch (=stop doing something in order to eat lunch) be at lunch (=not be in your place of work because you are somewhere else having lunch) take somebody (out) to lunch working lunch (=a lunch during which you also do business) over lunch (=while eating lunch) packed lunchBritish English bag lunchAmerican English (=food such as sandwiches that you take to work, school etc) light lunch (=a small meal at lunchtime) hot lunch (=cooked food, rather than sandwiches)
informalbehaving or talking in a strange or crazy way
WORD CHOICE: WORD CHOICE: dinner, supper, tea, lunchIn Britain, the main meal of the day is dinner and it is usually eaten in the evening. Some people call this meal supper, but to others supper is a very small meal that is eaten just before they go to bed. Some people call this main evening meal tea, but to others tea is a small meal that is eaten in the afternoon.Some people use dinner to refer to the meal they eat in the middle of the day, but if you want to be clear that you are referring to this meal, use lunch. ➔ See alsodinnerWORD FOCUS: meal WORD FOCUS: meal meals at different times of day:breakfast, brunch, lunch, teaBritish English, dinner, supper a meal outside:picnic, barbecuealsobarbieinformal, cookoutAmerican 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:starterBritish English, appetizerAmerican English (the first course) main course/entreeespecially AmE, side dish (eaten with the main course) dessertalsopuddingsweetBritish English (sweet food eaten at the end of the meal) ➔ See alsomeal
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Advanced Learner's Dictionary.