tea·​time | \ ˈtē-ˌtīm How to pronounce teatime (audio) \

Definition of teatime

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

Examples of teatime in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After years of friendship, the duo, who met while working for a Hunt Valley insurance company, decided to turn their passion for teatime into a full-time job. Christina Tkacik, Baltimore Sun, 22 May 2022 Onion bhajis are a flavorful teatime snack and street food in South India. Casey Barber, CNN, 18 May 2022 Get back by teatime, between 3:30 and 5 p.m., or, failing that, for the dinner bell at 6 p.m. Try to stay awake long enough to see the stars. New York Times, 27 Apr. 2022 This month, the Maybourne welcomes its first-ever Afternoon Tea Residency, where guests can enjoy the traditional British teatime ritual, but with playful twists that reflect the vibrancy of the iconic California destination. Caroline Tell, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2022 These days, teatime is a communal ceremony at my home, and not in the grander ways of East Asian cultures and British afternoon tea, but in a series of acts that remain the same each time. New York Times, 13 Apr. 2022 In addition to the exhibit tickets, visitors can add a Jane Austen teatime in the Taft's gardens, admission included: $45 for Taft members, $65 for non-members and $25 for children ages 12 and under. Emily Deletter, The Enquirer, 23 Feb. 2022 At teatime, he was often found on his veranda, talking with his wife Meave, an accomplished paleoanthropologist who once worked at his primate-research camp in Tanzania. Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker, 11 Jan. 2022 Kettlebells ring at teatime, though no tea is served. Eli Burnstein, The New Yorker, 17 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of teatime

1727, in the meaning defined above

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“Teatime.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/teatime. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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