elevenses
noun plural but sometimes singular in construction Etymology: double plural of eleven (o'clock) Date: circa 1819 British light refreshment (as a snack) taken in the middle of the morning

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  • elevenses — ► PLURAL NOUN Brit. informal ▪ a break for light refreshments taken at about eleven o clock in the morning …   English terms dictionary

  • elevenses — [i lev′ən ziz] pl.n. [pl. of elevens, luncheon, pl. of ELEVEN: orig. an eleven o clock meal] [Brit. Informal] tea, a light snack, etc. served in the late morning …   English World dictionary

  • Elevenses — Part of a series on Meals …   Wikipedia

  • elevenses — [[t]ɪle̱v(ə)nzɪz[/t]] N UNCOUNT Elevenses is a short break when you have a cup of tea or coffee, and sometimes biscuits, at around eleven o clock in the morning. [BRIT, INFORMAL] …   English dictionary

  • elevenses — /i lev euhn ziz/, n. Brit. 1. (usually used with a pl. v.) a midmorning break for refreshments. 2. the refreshments taken. [1860 65; orig. dial.; doubly pluralized form of ELEVEN, perh. as ellipsis of eleven hours eleven o clock] * * * …   Universalium

  • elevenses — noun /əˈlɛ.vən.zəz/ A snack or that is similar to afternoon tea, but eaten in the late morning. See Also: eleven …   Wiktionary

  • elevenses — e|lev|en|ses [ıˈlevənzız] n [U] BrE old fashioned a cup of coffee or tea and a ↑biscuit, that you have in the middle of the morning …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • elevenses — e|lev|ens|es [ ı levnzız ] noun uncount BRITISH INFORMAL OLD FASHIONED something small to eat and drink in the middle of the morning, between breakfast and lunch …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • elevenses — e lev·en·ses || zɪz n. (British) eleven o clock snack …   English contemporary dictionary

  • elevenses — plural noun Brit. informal a break for light refreshments taken at about eleven o clock in the morning …   English new terms dictionary

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