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high tea

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noun British.
  1. a late afternoon or early evening meal similar to a light supper.

Origin of high tea

First recorded in 1825–35
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Examples from the Web for high tea

Historical Examples

  • "The less literalness there is about high-tea, the better I like it," said Toby.

    Mammon and Co.

    E. F. Benson

  • He should have imagined a sort of high-tea supper at seven o'clock, and been gently corrected by his courteous employer.

    The Lighted Way

    E. Phillips Oppenheim


British Dictionary definitions for high tea

high tea

noun
  1. British See tea (def. 4c)
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