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  • n. A formal meal comprising light snacks, accompanied by tea.
  • n. A small meal or snack eaten between lunch and dinner; a period of time set aside for this purpose, taken as a break from work or from a conference.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a light midafternoon meal of tea and sandwiches or cakes


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  • “Use a plate for the biscuits, Justine, don’t put them out in their barrel,” said Meggie automatically, “and for pity’s sake don’t dump the whole milk can on the table, put some in a proper afternoon tea jug.”

    The Thorn Birds

  • It seemed that soon after Himself and his guests returned to the castle for a good Scots afternoon tea of hot scones and fortified cups, Dr Zoe Lang had made an unheralded return visit, bringing with her an expert in precious and semi-precious stones.

    To The Hilt

  • Lady Carmody had indeed called earlier and left an invitation to an afternoon tea party two days hence.

    A Lady of His Own

  • One after the other she put her feet down, made them plod up the ramp to the big house, to the drawing room where Fee sat, miraculously not working but talking to Anne Mueller instead, over an afternoon tea tray.

    The Thorn Birds

  • Hastings asked us if we would like to see it; so I said "Yes," and then gave him a message for Captain Nesham of the Woodlark, which was promptly answered by an invitation to afternoon tea there.

    Three Months in the Soudan

  • I might trace my steps from my bare room overlooking the lumber-yard to the satin drawing-rooms of the Back Bay, where I drank afternoon tea with gentle ladies whose hands were as delicate as their porcelain cups.

    The Promised Land

  • From the quaver of horror in Harriet’s voice, one might have deduced that missing afternoon tea was equivalent to missing the last chariot to heaven on the Day of Judgment.

    One Night Of Scandal


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