tea·​time | \ˈtē-ˌtīm \

Definition of teatime 

: the customary time for tea : late afternoon or early evening

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Whether Churchill came up during the teatime conversation was not disclosed. Katie Rogers, New York Times, "From Truman to Trump, Queen Elizabeth Has Met 12 U.S. Presidents," 13 July 2018 Grant said during a recent teatime chat with a group of reporters. Yohana Desta, HWD, "Hugh Grant Gets Comfortable with Controversy in A Very English Scandal," 29 June 2018 There is also a regular weekday teatime at 3 p.m. in the reference room and a monthly happy hour in the Whitridge Room. Corey Kilgannon, New York Times, "President Washington, Your Library Books Are Overdue," 13 June 2018 With only one sleep left before her royal wedding, Meghan Markle stepped out with her mother, Doria Ragland, on Friday after teatime with Queen Elizabeth and her husband-to-be Prince Harry. Lisa Ryan, The Cut, "Meghan Markle and Her Mom Step Out After Tea With Queen Elizabeth," 18 May 2018 Though the dialogue quotes Andreas-Salomé on individualistic topics such as fantasy or narcissism, the film’s style remains tethered to trifling teatimes and the quarrels between those who are not yet lovers. Teo Bugbee, New York Times, "Review: ‘Lou Andreas-Salomé’ Places a Great Woman in Her Time," 19 Apr. 2018 Time after time with this government, anything agreed at breakfast is being briefed against by lunch and abandoned by teatime. Washington Post, "Jeremy Corbyn urges a soft Brexit, putting Theresa May in a hard spot," 26 Feb. 2018 Tottenham Hotspur host Everton at temporary home Wembley in Saturday's teatime kick off. SI.com, "Tottenham vs Everton Match Preview: Previous Meeting, Form, Team News & More," 12 Jan. 2018 Arsene Wenger has blasted referee Neil Swarbrick and his decision to award Watford a controversial penalty in Saturday's teatime clash. SI.com, "Seething Arsene Wenger Slams 'Scandalous' Penalty Decision Following Watford Defeat," 15 Oct. 2017

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1727, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of teatime

: the usual time for the afternoon meal known as tea : late afternoon or early evening

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