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elevenses

[ 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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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

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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