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high tea

noun, British
a late afternoon or early evening meal similar to a light supper.
Origin of high tea
1825-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • "The less literalness there is about high-tea, the better I like it," said Toby.

    Mammon and Co. E. F. Benson
  • He should have imagined a sort of high-tea supper at seven o'clock, and been gently corrected by his courteous employer.

    The Lighted Way E. Phillips Oppenheim
British Dictionary definitions for high-tea

high tea

(Brit) See tea (sense 4c)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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