elev·​ens·​es i-ˈle-vən-zəz How to pronounce elevenses (audio)
plural in form but sometimes singular in construction
: light refreshment (such as a snack) taken in the middle of the morning

Word History


double plural of eleven (o'clock)

First Known Use

circa 1819, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of elevenses was circa 1819

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“Elevenses.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elevenses. Accessed 30 Sep. 2023.

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