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 Moreover, her novels revolve around the sort of upper-class figures who fret that the dying tradition of afternoon teatime portends the doom of civilization. Stephen Humphries, The Christian Science Monitor, "100 years on, it’s no mystery why Agatha Christie’s stories endure," 2 Oct. 2020 The Tokyo box comes filled with stuff to create the perfect teatime ceremony including a teapot, mugs, serving trays, and even a few artificial cherry blossoms. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "Ikea’s ‘Vacation in a Box’ Will Transport You to Tokyo, Paris, and Beyond," 13 Aug. 2020 In West Sumatra, bika is a popular teatime snack made with coconut that’s cooked in clay pots over cinnamon wood. National Geographic, "Gordon Ramsay Explores Rugged West Sumatra," 20 May 2020 With the nonchalance of an actor who spent the ’80s making rent by playing a semimystical antiques dealer in a British teatime drama, McShane declared that everyone needed to calm down about George R. R. Martin’s epic saga. Helen Lewis, The Atlantic, "Why The Witcher Is Better Than Game of Thrones," 1 Jan. 2020 Caneel Bay Plantation, as it was then called, offered an alternative experience beyond chain brand amenities — with cabins just footsteps from the water, and an informal communal teatime where guests mingled each day on the veranda. Emily Palmer, New York Times, "Caneel Bay: Why a Caribbean Paradise Remains in Ruins," 20 Jan. 2020 Tony explained this was a sort of upper-class colonial thing, where the Ugandans were much more likely to have teatime and starched napkins and staff than their English counterparts. Hannah Howard, Longreads, "The Name Change Dilemma," 1 Nov. 2019 Once upon a teatime, The Great British Baking Show was a baking competition. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Great British Baking Show," 3 Oct. 2019 The game was broadcast live on BBC One at Sunday teatime and it has been confirmed as the most watched women's game ever on UK TV after as many as 6.1 million tuned in. SI.com, "2019 Women's World Cup: England vs Scotland Attracts Record TV Audience as 6.1m Viewers Tune in," 10 June 2019

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First Known Use of teatime

1727, in the meaning defined above

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17 Oct 2020

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“Teatime.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/teatime. Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of teatime

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

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