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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Luncheon. (Welsh, llonc or llwnc, a gulp; llyncu, to swallow at a gulp.)
 
The notion of its derivation from the Spanish once, eleven, is borrowed from the word nuncheon, i.e. nón-mete, a noon repast. Hence Hudibras:   1
       
“When, laying by their swords and truncheons,
They took their breakfasts, or their nuncheons.”
       
Book i. 1. lines 345, 346.
   In Letter Book G, folio iv. (27 Edward II.), donations of drink to workmen are called nonechenche. (Riley: Memorials of London.)   2
 


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