Definition of lunch hour in English:

lunch hour

noun

  • A period in the middle of the day, when people stop work to have lunch:

    ‘today she had brought sandwiches, as she wanted to spend her lunch hour writing personal letters’
    • ‘Keeping the two apart is pretty hard, and usually involves working through my lunch hour and on the tube home, planning the next day.’
    • ‘I was so happy to see him that I spent a whole lunch hour telling my friend his story.’
    • ‘The group I was with helped with washing-up duties during the lunch hour.’
    • ‘Patients will be able to drop in before work, during their lunch hour or while doing their shopping without making an appointment.’
    • ‘There is nothing inappropriate about asking a friend to join you on your lunch hour for a ham sandwich in the company dining room.’
    • ‘I spent my lunch hour buying birthday presents which is why I haven't eaten enough.’
    • ‘Today my lunch hour was cut short because I had to meet with a Speech & Language Therapist to discuss one of my little ones.’
    • ‘I was going to look through the book in my lunch hour, but of course I didn't get one…’
    • ‘I spent my lunch hour eating tuna salad out of a plastic container in the kitchen instead of eating a yummy curry in the best curry house in London.’
    • ‘I'm not there yet, though, so am off to spend my lunch hour on my favourite patch of grass on Primrose Hill.’
    • ‘Anyway, as I sat on the phone talking to the direct sales operator during my lunch hour, a rather curious thing happened.’
    • ‘Whether or not you take pity on Marissa, you will certainly pause for thought next time you pass her in your lunch hour.’
    • ‘She reads during her lunch hour and spends four hours a night on homework.’
    • ‘Yesterday I foolishly tried to do all my Christmas shopping during my lunch hour, and returned to work looking glazed and shaken.’
    • ‘It is theoretically possible to fit a pub lunch into the regulation sixty minutes of the office lunch hour.’
    • ‘Within the space of a lunch hour this afternoon I'd already come across three without even trying.’
    • ‘Yesterday at work I spent my lunch hour booking stuff for Brett and me to do.’
    • ‘The session lasts 15 minutes and so can be done in your lunch hour.’
    • ‘Employers are being urged to give their staff an extended lunch hour, free drinks or yoga classes to help them cope.’
    • ‘They either take days off to let in the washing machine repair man or rush about madly in their lunch hour to get things done.’

Pronunciation

lunch hour