high tea


Definition of high tea

: a fairly substantial late afternoon or early evening meal at which tea is served

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The sumptuous lobby lounge is a popular place for high tea. Audrey Phoon, Condé Nast Traveler, "25 Best Hotels in Singapore," 28 Feb. 2018 For even more extravagant high tea splendor, look no further than the Palace Hotel. Sarah Fritsche, San Francisco Chronicle, "Where to find unforgettable tea and coffee service in the Bay Area," 25 May 2018 Besides taking part in the stylish mom’s activity of choice, Archie and Christina have also sipped high tea in a castle, practiced their archery skills, hit the beach, and survived a lengthy airport delay together. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Christina El Moussa and Boyfriend Ant Anstead's Son Have the Sweetest Relationship," 6 Sep. 2018 Attendees from around the world come together to dress up as their favorite Barbie dolls, attend themed events such as high tea, watch fashion shows, listen to presentations and participate in workshops. Lauren Castle, azcentral, "Valley of the dolls: Barbie collectors hit Phoenix resort scene for 2018 convention," 13 July 2018 Among the blend choices to be assembled will be a full-flavored tea served at the Witches’ Tea, one of several seasonal high tea events offered by The Center. Ginger Brashinger, Daily Southtown, "Learn how to grow, pick and blend your own tea herbs during Palos Park workshop," 27 June 2018 As the high tea service and fashion show was being prepared in the banquet hall, more than 300 women of all generations filled the airy pavilions and balconies of the hotel, determined to enjoy the day to the fullest. Flora Tsapovsky, San Francisco Chronicle, "Wine, Women & Shoes delivers on name," 5 June 2018 To host your own private Kikoko high tea party, visit their website. Steffi Victorioso, Los Angeles Magazine, "Local Women Are Hosting Fancy “High Teas” With the Help of a Cannabis Brand," 29 May 2018 The formal, more well-to-do group wants classical music and high tea. Stacey Burling, Philly.com, "Could the Netherlands' 'dementia village' be replicated in the U.S.?," 13 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of high tea

1831, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of high tea was in 1831

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English Language Learners Definition of high tea

chiefly British : an early evening meal at which tea and often cold meat and sandwiches are usually served

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