Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun plural Tea or coffee taken at midmorning and often accompanied by a snack.

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  • noun UK A snack or that is similar to afternoon tea, but eaten in the late morning.

Etymologies

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From dialectal elevens ("the eleven-o'clock meal").

Examples

Comments

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  • "neck muscles; splenius.

    P 108–170 'Oh, poor man, his elevenses are up.' this means a person is fading, not long for this world, because the two muscles in the back of the neck stick out like two bones resembling 11."

    Dictionary of Newfoundland English, 163

    October 17, 2008

  • See additional comments on elevensies.

    November 12, 2010