[ ih-lev-uhn-ziz ]
/ ɪˈlɛv ən zɪz /
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noun (usually used with a plural verb)British.
a midmorning break for refreshments: They paused for tea and muffins at elevenses.
the refreshments taken; a midmorning snack: Elevenses were not ready to be served.
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First appeared around 1750, and is related to the French word “braguette” for the name of codpiece armor.
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Origin of elevenses
First recorded in 1840–65; originally dialect; doubly pluralized form of eleven, perhaps as ellipsis of eleven hours (eleven o'clock)
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British Dictionary definitions for elevenses
/ (ɪˈlɛvənzɪz) /
(sometimes functioning as singular) British informal a light snack, usually with tea or coffee, taken mid-morning
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