elevenses

[ ih-lev-uh n-ziz ]
/ ɪˈlɛv ən zɪz /

noun British.

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

Nearby words

  1. elevator music,
  2. elevator pitch,
  3. elevator shoe,
  4. eleven,
  5. eleven-plus,
  6. eleventh,
  7. eleventh amendment,
  8. eleventh chord,
  9. eleventh cranial nerve,
  10. eleventh hour

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

elevenses

/ (ɪˈlɛvənzɪz) /

pl n

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