high tea


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

Examples of high tea in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Other options include heading to a high tea or enjoy a dessert market with festive treats. Heidi Finley, Charlotte Observer, 1 Mar. 2024 The Pioneer Woman Blossom Jubilee 3-Tier Serving Tray If your Valentine loves high tea, The Pioneer Woman Blossom Jubilee 3-Tier Serving Tray makes for a thoughtful and unique Valentine’s Day gift. Jessie Quinn, Peoplemag, 4 Feb. 2024 The bar on the corner of Pope Street and Frankfort Avenue also now offers high tea in the afternoon complete with tiered trays of finger sandwiches, sweets, and savory items. Amanda Hancock, The Courier-Journal, 22 Jan. 2024 If the little ones are joining you, schedule a time for Tinsel Tea, a high tea of scones and sandwiches accompanied by a visit from a very special princess. Rebecca Deurlein, Forbes, 30 Nov. 2023 From there, the ship travels to Falmouth, Jamaica, located between Montego Bay and Ocho Rios, for options like horseback riding, river tubing, hiking to a waterfall, and high tea at historical Good Hope Estate. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 13 June 2023 Stay at Miss Molly's Inn, a Victorian-era house turned seven-room B&B that offers high tea in the afternoons. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, 28 Nov. 2023 For all the new, some familiar traditions will remain, including proper high tea service and, naturally, an outpost of the Golden Lion pub pouring Cunard’s own microbrews. Travel + Leisure Editors, Travel + Leisure, 16 Nov. 2023 And Jennifer Lopez's high tea ensemble was all down to exaggerated skirting and equally eye-catching alabaster blooms. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, 21 Oct. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1831, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of high tea was in 1831

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“High tea.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/high%20tea. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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