high tea

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

Origin of high tea

First recorded in 1825–35

Words Nearby high tea

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How to use high tea in a sentence

  • She planned for Sunday an automobile ride; she was to hire the car from the Axminister garage, and a high tea afterward.

    The Butterfly House | Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • Then the maid burst out of the kitchen with a tray and the principal utensils for high tea thereon.

    The Regent | E. Arnold Bennett
  • Of all pernicious customs there is none more to be deprecated than that of high tea, as it is called.

  • Late that afternoon he had gratified Nanna by sharing her high tea, and so he was not expected in the dining-room.

    What Timmy Did | Marie Adelaide Belloc Lowndes
  • He would sit, after high tea, of which cold fried fish was the prime ingredient, dozing over the Jewish weekly.

    Ghetto Comedies | Israel Zangwill

British Dictionary definitions for high tea

high tea

  1. British See tea (def. 4c)

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