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high tea

noun, British.
a late afternoon or early evening meal similar to a light supper.
Origin of high tea
First recorded in 1825-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He paused and then added: "Stayed there to a kind of high tea!"

  • Handel always reminds me of high tea, particularly the muffins.

    Dodo, Volumes 1 and 2 Edward Frederic Benson
  • She moves in the best society, and the thought of a high tea at 6.30 would appal her.

    If I May A. A. Milne
  • The exact hour is written on the invitation, as high tea at 4:00 o'clock (or 5:00 o'clock).

    Breakfasts and Teas Paul Pierce
  • They both awoke with a start to find that it was time for high tea.

    Jeremy Hugh Walpole
  • She was now coming into the parlour with the tray for high tea.

    The Price of Love

    Arnold Bennett
  • Waffles may be served for breakfast, luncheon, supper or high tea.

    The Story of Crisco Marion Harris Neil
  • The Coppin family were at high tea when Roland reached home.

    A Man of Means P. G. Wodehouse and C. H. Bovill
  • Of all pernicious customs there is none more to be deprecated than that of high tea, as it is called.

British Dictionary definitions for high tea

high tea

(Brit) See tea (sense 4c)
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