from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Chiefly British A fairly substantial meal that includes tea and is served in the late afternoon or early evening.
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- n. A late afternoon or early evening meal, also known as "meat tea".
- n. suppertime
- n. Formal afternoon tea.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. tea with meats and extra relishes.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. substantial early evening meal including tea
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The young gentlemen from Wattsdown, all washed behind the ears, as Kitty put it, arrived in private buses or in cars or on motor-cycles — the last-named carrying any number of passengers from two to five — at seven o’clock, to find the girls already in the College hall, for the proceedings had begun officially at half past six, following the usual Saturday high tea instead of dinner.
He had spent the whole afternoon at the Manor House in consultation with his two colleagues, and returned about five with a ravenous appetite for a high tea which I had ordered for him.