A picnic is a meal that you eat outside. For your birthday, you might take a picnic lunch (including celebratory cupcakes) to a nearby beach with some friends.

You can use the word picnic for both the occasion — "Let's go on a picnic!" — and for the meal itself: "I am packing the best picnic to take on our hike." It's also a verb, meaning "to eat outside." And when a friend describes a difficult task and adds, "It was no picnic," they mean to emphasize how hard it was — the opposite of an easy, breezy picnic.

Definitions of picnic
  1. noun
    any informal meal eaten outside or on an excursion
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    an informal meal cooked and eaten outdoors
    barbecue, barbeque
    a cookout in which food is cooked over an open fire; especially a whole animal carcass roasted on a spit
    a cookout at the seashore where clams and fish and other foods are cooked--usually on heated stones covered with seaweed
    fish fry
    a cookout where fried fish is the main course
    weenie roast, wiener roast
    a cookout where roasted frankfurters are the main course
    a gathering at which burgoo stew is served
    type of:
    meal, repast
    the food served and eaten at one time
  2. noun
    a day devoted to an outdoor social gathering
    synonyms: field day, outing
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    type of:
    holiday, vacation
    leisure time away from work devoted to rest or pleasure
  3. noun
    any undertaking that is easy to do
    “marketing this product will be no picnic
    synonyms: breeze, child's play, cinch, duck soup, piece of cake, pushover, snap, walkover
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    an easy task
    type of:
    labor, project, task, undertaking
    any piece of work that is undertaken or attempted
  4. verb
    eat alfresco, in the open air
    “We picnicked near the lake on this gorgeous Sunday”
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    type of:
    eat a meal; take a meal
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