Formerly, an entertainment at which each person contributed some dish to a common table; now, an excursion or pleasure party in which the members partake of a collation or repast (usually in the open air, and from food carried by themselves).
To go on a picnic, or pleasure excursion; to eat in public fashion.
a day devoted to an outdoor social gathering
any informal meal eaten outside or on an excursion
a day long outdoor event
a fun outdoor activity that allows people to enjoy the warm, summer weather with others
a great way to bask in the pleasures of the season
a great way to thank hosts for their hospitality while traveling, or have an intimate romantic meal in an exotic setting
a meal that people eat outside
an outdoor meal, where one brings one's food such as sandwich and it usually takes place in parks or forest
a pleasure party including an outdoor meal (OED)
a pleasure trip in which food is taken to be eaten somewhere outdoors
a wonderful way to enjoy the outdoors
Dreaming of going on a picnic is an omen of happy times with friends.
To dream of attending a picnic, foreshadows success and real enjoyment. Dreams of picnics, bring undivided happiness to the young. Storms, or any interfering elements at a picnic, implies the temporary displacement of assured profit and pleasure in love or business. See Kindred Words.
In contemporary usage, picnic can be defined simply as a pleasure excursion at which a meal is eaten outdoors, ideally, taking place in a beautiful landscape. Picnics are often family-oriented but can also be an intimate occasion between two people, a romantic picnic, or a large get together, company picnics and church picnics.