high tea

noun British.

a late afternoon or early evening meal similar to a light supper.

Origin of high tea

First recorded in 1825–35
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Examples from the Web for high tea

  • He should have imagined a sort of high-tea supper at seven o'clock, and been gently corrected by his courteous employer.

    The Lighted Way|E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • "The less literalness there is about high-tea, the better I like it," said Toby.

    Mammon and Co.|E. F. Benson

British Dictionary definitions for high tea

high tea


British See tea (def. 4c)
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