from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The usual or traditional time for serving tea, as late afternoon.
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- n. the traditional time, in the late afternoon, for serving tea (the meal).
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- n. a light midafternoon meal of tea and sandwiches or cakes
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It's not as important as the flavor, but part of what I'm doing at teatime is taking time out from whatever else I was doing, and fiddling with my tea or hot chocolate helps with that.
In contrast to this regularity is Chinese teatime, which is used for more significant occasions: in celebration of a wedding or special event, as a sign of respect, as a sincere apology.
An appetite for the educated whimsy of a panel game at teatime can easily be sated by 11pm and it is certainly not likely to have returned by breakfast.
I had my usual utter indecision when it came to talk of teatime and Hanna asked me what I fancied eating.
Historic gastronomist Sarah Lohman helped prepare a menu of circa 1911 teatime delicacies including lemon and nutmeg cake.
It is the sixth series since the Saturday teatime favourite returned in 2005 after a 16-year absence.
The main focus on Saturday will obviously be on England rugby's crucial teatime appointment in Dublin.
It's the best day of the year but is followed by a long dark teatime of the soul between elections.
The Monarch, Chalk Farm Road, NW1, FriLeonie CooperUntil a Mr Kipling decides to start a techno night or DJ Peek Freans brings the Balearic beats to a nightclub near you, Huntleys & Palmers remain Britain's leading club promoters apparently named after a manufacturer of teatime favourites, although their moniker is actually derived from the 1954 Report Of The Departmental Committee On Homosexual Offences And Prostitution.
This was occupied by Neighbours, until Channel 5 splashed the cash on the Aussie import four years ago, but there is no sign the BBC is planning to develop a new teatime soap perhaps it could be based in Salford.