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Brunch or bruncheon is a combination of breakfast and lunch [1] The term is a portmanteau of breakfast and lunch(eon). Brunch is often served after a morning event or prior to an afternoon one, such as a wedding or sporting event. A common misconception is that after midday, the meal is a luncheon. This however is not true so long as a breakfast has not been eaten. While common in the United States and Canada, according to Punch magazine, the term was introduced in Britain around 1896 by Hunter's Weekly, then becoming student slang.[2] Other sources claim that the term was invented by New York Morning Sun reporter Frank Ward O'Malley based on the typical mid-day eating habits of a newspaper reporter.[3][4]

Some colleges and hostels serve brunch, especially on Sundays and holidays. Such brunches are often serve-yourself buffets, but menu-ordered meals may be available instead of, or with, the buffet. The meal usually involves standard breakfast foods such as eggs, sausages, bacon, ham, fruits, pastries, pancakes, and the like. However, it can include almost any other type of food served throughout the day. Buffets may have quiche, large roasts of meat or poultry, cold seafood like shrimp and smoked fish, salads, soups, vegetable dishes, many types of breadstuffs, and desserts of all sorts.

The dim sum brunch is a popular meal in Chinese restaurants worldwide.[5] It consists of a wide variety of stuffed bao (buns), dumplings, and other savory or sweet food items which have been steamed, deep-fried, or baked. Customers select small portions from passing carts, as the kitchen continuously produces and sends out more freshly-prepared dishes. Dim sum is usually eaten as a mid-morning, midday, or mid-afternoon teatime.


Special occasions

Brunch meals are prepared by restaurants and hotels for special occasions, such as weddings, Valentine's or Mother’s Day.

French language

The Académie française prefers that French speakers do not incorporate English words like brunch into their language, and suggests using the phrase le grand petit déjeuner,[6] literally "big breakfast," and more literally, word-for-word this means "The big little lunch." Despite the wishes of the Académie, the typical French person readily says "brunch." In fact, most French-French dictionaries have an entry for "brunch" but not "grand petit déjeuner," defining brunch as a "meal taken late in the morning, in place of both breakfast and lunch."[7]

The Office québécois de la langue française accepts "brunch" as a valid word but also provides a synonym déjeuner-buffet. Note that, however, in Quebec, déjeuner alone (without the qualifying adjective petit) means "breakfast".[8] In Quebec, the word--when Francized--is pronounced /brɔnʃ/, whereas in France, /brœnʃ/.[9]

German language

German-speaking countries readily adopt Anglicisms,[citation needed] and "brunch" is no exception, defining it as "a combination of breakfast and lunch."[10] However, the German language has its own word for "brunch": Gabelfrühstück (literally, "fork breakfast").[11][12]

See also


  1. ^,7770,667,00.html foodnetwork
  2. ^ Online Etymology Dictionary
  3. ^ "As to who coined the word brunch, that, too, is unclear. According to an American Dialect Society site, Frank Ward O'Malley, an old style reporter with the New York Morning Sun (1906-1919), was the first to use "brunch" to describe the morning newspaper man's breakfast-luncheon combination." Mother's Day and the history of "Brunch" - Thousands of Ontarians take their mothers to brunch on Mother's Day Travel TV
  4. ^ Pietrusza, David Rothstein: The Life, Times, and Murder of the Criminal Genius Google Books link 2007
  5. ^ Dim Sum - History, Pictures, Recipes of Chinese Dim Sum
  6. ^ Anglicismes et les mots préférés
  7. ^ Dictionaire Général pour la maîtrise de la langue française la culture classique et contemporaine, p. 219, Larousse (1993)
  8. ^ Office de la langue française, 1999, 'Le Grand Dictionnaire, entry "Brunch": "Repas combinant le petit déjeuner et le repas du midi, et habituellement constitué d'un buffet". (A meal that combines the breakfast and lunch and usually consists of a buffet.)
  9. ^ La Petite Larousse (2009), p. 140
  10. ^ [1] Deutsch Wiki entry on "brunch"
  11. ^ [2] Deutsch Wiki entry and redirects, Zwischenmahlzeit, Frühmi (a portmanteau of Frühstück and Mittagessen, breakfast and lunch) and Gabelfrühstück
  12. ^ Cassell's German-English English-German Dictionary, MacMillan Publishing Company


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Definition from Wiktionary, a free dictionary

See also Brunch




Blend of breakfast and lunch





brunch (plural brunches)

  1. A meal eaten later in the day than breakfast and earlier than lunch, replacing both meals, and often consisting of some foods that would normally be eaten at breakfast and some foods that would normally be eaten at lunch.



to brunch

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to brunch (third-person singular simple present brunches, present participle brunching, simple past and past participle brunched)

  1. To eat brunch.

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