Meaning of “picnic” in the English Dictionary

"picnic" in British English

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picnicnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈpɪk.nɪk/ us /ˈpɪk.nɪk/

A1 an occasion when you have an informal meal of sandwiches, etc. outside, or the food itself:

If the weather's nice we could have a picnic in the park.
Why don't you take a picnic with you?
a picnic area/lunch/table
a picnic basket/hamper

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picnicverb [ I ]

uk /ˈpɪk.nɪk/ us /ˈpɪk.nɪk/ past participle picnicking, past tense and past participle picnicked

(Definition of “picnic” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"picnic" in American English

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picnicnoun [ C ]

us /ˈpɪk·nɪk/

a meal you take to a place outside to be eaten there in an informal way, or an occasion on which such a meal is eaten:

a church picnic

infml A picnic is also any pleasant activity:

Did you think law school would be a picnic?
Filing tax returns is no picnic.
picnic
verb [ I ] us /ˈpɪk·nɪk/ present participle picnicking, past tense and past participle picnicked

We can picnic in the park.

(Definition of “picnic” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)