Meaning of “pot luck” in the English Dictionary


"pot luck" in English

See all translations

pot lucknoun

uk /ˌpɒt ˈlʌk/ us /ˌpɑːt ˈlʌk/

[ U ] anything that is available or is found by chance, rather than something chosen, planned, or prepared:

We had no idea which hotel would be best, so we just took pot luck with the first one on the list.
Mary's welcome to stay for dinner if she doesn't mind taking pot luck (= having whatever is available).

[ C ] mainly US also potluck an informal meal where guests bring a different dish that is then shared with the other guests:

We're having a pot luck on Saturday.

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

"pot luck" in American English

See all translations

pot luckadjective [ not gradable ]

us /ˈpɑt ˈlʌk/

offering whatever is available or what others bring:

We invited all the neighbors over for a pot luck supper last night.

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