high tea


Definition of 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 This sweet high tea set—complete with tea cups and plates, cake slices, a cupcake, and an adorable tin carrier—can be taken on-the-go anywhere. Christina Oehler, Health.com, "10 Outdoor Activities for Kids That Will Make Them Forget They’re Stuck at Home," 9 June 2020 At the Shelbourne hotel in Dublin, high tea is served every afternoon under the crystal chandeliers of the Lord Mayor’s Lounge, which overlooks the historic St. Stephen’s Green. Tanvi Chheda, Travel + Leisure, "These Clever Hotels Are Finally Embracing Plant-based Menus," 15 May 2020 Guests also get high tea, a private beach barbecue, and a private group yoga session. Katie Lockhart, Travel + Leisure, "9 Incredible Private Villas in the Maldives That Hardly Seem Real," 26 Apr. 2020 Pritam Sunger, the high tea hostess, offered a practical view. Dan Bilefsky, BostonGlobe.com, "Like its 2 royal guests, Canada’s most English city reinvents itself," 2 Feb. 2020 There’s no better way to appreciate Melbourne’s cutting-edge streak than from the classically elegant rooms in The Langham Melbourne, a Southbank grande dame that does Chinese massages (thanks to its Chuan Spa) and high tea better than anyone. Louise Hart, Town & Country, "4 International Itineraries for a Vacation Fit for a Royal," 7 Nov. 2019 Frilly tea, please Just about now, who doesn’t want to go escape somewhere with friends, yummy nibbles and butterflies on your plate? Neiman Marcus is bringing high tea to its Zodiac Room in its Downtown Dallas store. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "Retail Therapy: Spring hasn’t been canceled at NorthPark, Highland Park Village and Neiman Marcus," 5 Mar. 2020 Snapshot: Above, the Empress Hotel in Victoria, Canada, serves high tea several times a day. Mike Ives, New York Times, "Coronavirus, Iowa, Brexit: Your Tuesday Briefing," 4 Feb. 2020 After all, the city’s Palace Hotel sounds like their kind of place and offers one of the best English-style high teas in the West. Nicole Clausing, Sunset Magazine, "Fit for a Prince: Where in the West Should Meghan and Harry Move?," 16 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of high tea

1831, in the meaning defined above

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17 Jun 2020

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“High tea.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/high%20tea. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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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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