[ih-lev-uh n-ziz]

noun British.

(usually used with a plural verb) a midmorning break for refreshments.
the refreshments taken.

Origin of elevenses

1860–65; orig. dial.; doubly pluralized form of eleven, perhaps as ellipsis of eleven hours eleven o'clock
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British Dictionary definitions for elevenses


pl n

(sometimes functioning as singular) British informal a light snack, usually with tea or coffee, taken mid-morning
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