[ ih-lev-uhn-ziz ]

noun(usually used with a plural verb)British.
  1. a midmorning break for refreshments: They paused for tea and muffins at elevenses.

  2. the refreshments taken; a midmorning snack: Elevenses were not ready to be served.

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) /

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

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