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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. 2017.
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  • The evening meal at eight was never more than our high tea, the object of this system being to lighten domestic service.

    The Woman Who Vowed Ellison Harding
  • He paused and then added: "Stayed there to a kind of high tea!"

  • For a high tea for ladies, serve first an oyster cocktail in glasses, fruit punch or brandied peaches.

    Breakfasts and Teas Paul Pierce
  • Handel always reminds me of high tea, particularly the muffins.

    Dodo, Volumes 1 and 2 Edward Frederic Benson
  • It was what we would call a high tea, a bountiful 70 spread, and there was much jesting and joking.

    A Little Girl in Old Pittsburg Amanda M. Douglas
  • 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 had all high tea together at half-past six, and immediately afterwards Augusta proposed games.

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

    The Price of Love Arnold Bennett
  • Mr Hesketh liked nothing better than high tea, liked nothing so much.

    The Imperialist (a.k.a. Mrs. Everard Cotes) Sara Jeannette Duncan
British Dictionary definitions for high tea

high tea

(Brit) See tea (sense 4c)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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